Williamson County nears 30,000 total confirmed COVID-19 cases

Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates in Williamson County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates in Williamson County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates in Williamson County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Williamson County added 763 new cases of coronavirus Jan. 23-25, bringing the total to 29,742, according to a Williamson County and Cities Health District report.

The death toll remained 283.

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 691 coronavirus hospital beds available, or 19%, and 63 ICU beds available, or 12% of total beds, it said. Percent of available hospital beds was not immediately available.


Of the total cases reported, 27,833 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 1,626 active cases. There are 4,076 total probable cases.

The current rolling seven-day positivity rate, or the rate at which tests for the coronavirus return positive, declined slightly to 12.94%.

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: 2,195

  • Cedar Park: 2,896

  • Georgetown: 6,326

  • Hutto: 2,078

  • Leander: 2,334

  • Round Rock: 8,128

  • Other: 3,999


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: 49

  • Georgetown: 65

  • Other: 55

  • Round Rock: 103


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.
By Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


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