Williamson County moved to the yellow phase of COVID-19 community spread on May 28 after it met all three indicators to do so, according to the Williamson County and Cities Health District.

This is first time the county has been in the phase since Nov. 4, according to a news release.

The three indicators were the incidence rate has been below 7.0 for 14 consecutive days; the positive test percentage has been below 10% for 14 consecutive days; and the COVID hospitalization rate for TSA Region O has been below 15% since Jan. 23, it said.

The color-based Phase Guidelines are not changes to local rules or regulations for businesses; they are guidelines for individual actions and behaviors based on levels of risk of exposure in the community, the release said.

Even with this change, WCCHD officials state it is important that everyone should continue to follow any additional requirements of local businesses, venues and schools regardless of vaccination status or stage.

The recommendations for partially or unvaccinated individuals have not changed. Additionally, residents are reminded that wearing a mask, even when fully vaccinated, is an effective tool to reduce spread of many respiratory illnesses, the release said.

“Our collective vaccination efforts are working, and we thank the Williamson County community for making great progress in getting vaccinated and reducing the spread of COVID-19,” WCCHD Executive Director Derrick Neal said in a release. “We encourage all those who are eligible, including those 12 years and older, to take advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated now so they can head into summer safely.”

The COVID-19 dashboard will reflect the Yellow Phase update on May 28. Future dashboard data updates will be scaled-back to once per week on Mondays, starting June 1 following the Memorial Day holiday.