Williamson County reports 12 new COVID-19-related deaths Jan. 20

Here is what you need to know today about the coronavirus in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Here is what you need to know today about the coronavirus in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)

Here is what you need to know today about the coronavirus in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)

Williamson County reported 401 new coronavirus cases and 12 new deaths Jan. 20, according to a Williamson County and Cities Health District report.

The total number of confirmed cases since March 2020 is 28,116, and the total number of deaths is 273.

Counted deaths are of those who have COVID-19 listed as a direct cause of death on the death certificate. The total does not include deaths of people who had COVID-19 but died of an unrelated cause, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services dashboard. This method may delay reporting by weeks or even months due to paperwork, county health officials have said.

Due to rapid changes in hospital surge resources and the inability to ensure the accuracy of self-reported local-level hospital data on capacity, the WCCHD dashboard changed its reporting to reflect hospital usage from the Trauma Service Area O, which includes Williamson County and 10 other counties.

In TSA O, there are 654 coronavirus hospital beds available, or 16% of total beds, and 44 ICU beds available, or 8% of total beds, it said. TSA O has exceeded 15% COVID-19 hospital capacity for 16 days.

Williamson County businesses' permitted occupancy levels remain at 50%, and the county continues to sit at the red level for coronavirus transmission risk. This is characterized by uncontrolled community spread, according to the WCCHD.

Of the total cases reported, 25,844 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 1,999 active cases. There are 3,672 total probable cases.

The current rolling seven-day positivity rate, or the rate at which tests for the coronavirus return positive, increased slightly to 14.12%.

Recoveries are not reported to the state’s contact tracing and data system; therefore, recovery information is not absolute and is to be used for estimating purposes only, according to the WCCHD website. No trends or other inferences should be drawn from this data, as the numbers posted represent a point-in-time snapshot and may fluctuate throughout the day, it said.

Total cases by cities of residence, including probable cases, according to the WCCHD, are as follows.

  • Austin: 2,356

  • Cedar Park: 2,750

  • Georgetown: 5,952

  • Hutto: 1,986

  • Leander: 2,188

  • Round Rock: 7,684

  • Other: 3,792

If the WCCHD is unable to confirm the city of residence after three attempts, the case is deemed “lost to follow-up” and is not included in the above count, officials said.

Here is a breakdown of deaths by city, according to the WCCHD.

  • Austin: 11

  • Cedar Park: 45

  • Georgetown: 63

  • Other: 53

  • Round Rock: 101

Officials said the county is not legally able to release the specific counts in cities with fewer than 20,000 residents. For more information, such as gender and age breakdowns, visit the county's dashboard.