Williamson County drops down to orange phase, plus more COVID-19 updates

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 dropped down to the orange phase‚ which indicates a high risk of the spread of COVID-19, from the red phase, which indicates uncontrolled spread, on March 18, according to the Williamson County and Cities Health District.

In this phase, WCCHD recommends individuals wear a mask to protect themselves and others and stop the spread of COVID-19; stay at least 6 feet from others who do not live with them; and avoid crowds. The more people with whom one is in contact, the more likely they are to be exposed to COVID-19, it said.

Williamson County reported 141 new cases of the coronavirus between March 15-17, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 36,403, according to Williamson County and Cities Health District data.

The county also added nine new deaths during that time, bringing the total to 431, it said.

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.


According to the dashboard, 10% of Williamson County residents are fully vaccinated, and 25% have received at least one shot.

The seven-day rolling positive rate, or the rate at which tests for the coronavirus return positive, is 3.95%.

Williamson County has since opened up vaccinations to individuals in Phase 1C, which includes people ages 50-64.

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

  • Austin: 3,492

  • Cedar Park: 2,732

  • Georgetown: 7,818

  • Hutto: 2,648

  • Leander: 3,048

  • Round Rock: 9,900

  • Other: 4,937


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: 21

  • Cedar Park: 66

  • Georgetown: 107

  • Other: 87

  • Round Rock: 150


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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