Williamson County reported positivity rate for COVID-19 drops below 7%

Here is how COVID-19 has impacted Williamson County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Here is how COVID-19 has impacted Williamson County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Here is how COVID-19 has impacted Williamson County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Correction: A total of 19 people are on a ventilator.

Williamson County reported 47 new coronavirus cases and no new deaths Aug. 27. The total number of cases is 7,867.


As of Aug. 27, 72 patients are hospitalized, 25 are in intensive care units and 19 are on a ventilator. The Williamson County and Cities Health District also reported 20% of hospital beds, 20% of ICU beds and 76% of ventilators are available.

The death toll remains 116.


Counted deaths are of those who have COVID-19 listed as a direct cause of death on the death certificate. A medical certifier, usually a doctor, determines the causes of death. The Texas Department of State Health Services does not include deaths of people who had COVID-19 but died of an unrelated cause, according to the DSHS dashboard.


Of the total cases reported, 7,619 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 248 active cases.


The current rolling seven-day positivity rate, or the rate as which tests return positive, also continues to decline and is 6.97% as of Aug. 26. This is the first time the rate has dropped below 7% since June 11, data shows.

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.


Here is an update on total cases in the cities of residence, including probable cases, according to the WCCHD.

  • Austin: 506

  • Cedar Park: 800

  • Georgetown: 1,372

  • Hutto: 529

  • Leander: 416

  • Round Rock: 2,450

  • Other: 971


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.

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.


MOST RECENT

Interested residents can apply for the city's leadership academy to learn about how to be an effective leader. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown seeks applicants for leadership academy

Participants in the academy will gain a deeper understanding about the city's inner workings.

State Rep. Vikki Goodwin, D-Austin sent a letter July 23 urging Gov. Greg Abbott to allow schools to require masks. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas state reps. call on Abbott to permit school mask mandates amid rising COVID-19 cases

The letter, spearheaded by Rep. Vikki Goodwin, called upon Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath to permit school districts to enact mask mandates and provide virtual learning options.

Heidi's Bakery offers several baked goods such as bagels, Bundt and coffee cakes, scones and cookies. (Courtesy Heidi's Bakery)
Veteran-owned bakery offering bagels and Bundt cakes opens in Georgetown

Heidi's Bakery offers homemade baked goods, and orders may be made through social media.

Purple Sky Bookkeeping services Georgetown and the surrounding areas. (Courtesy Pixabay/Pexels)
Purple Sky Bookkeeping service now open in Georgetown

Purple Sky Bookkeeping offers various monthly bookkeeping services.

Leander Marketplace PUD would be located at the northeast corner of Hero Way and US 183. (Screenshot courtesy city of Leander)
Leander eyes development with restaurants, retail; Bin Drop opens in New Braunfels and more top Central Texas news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Mortgage purchase applications are down year over year, but the Austin housing market remains hot. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin housing market still hot but showing signs of slowing down

Experts say that a decrease in mortgage purchase applications points to “a reversion back to norm” in the Austin housing market.

Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.

The Pit Stop Grooming opened in Georgetown on July 1. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Dog grooming shop now open in Georgetown

The Pit Stop Grooming serves dogs of all breeds and sizes.

Straight Fencing serves Georgetown and the surrounding areas. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Fencing, deck business opens in Georgetown

The business provides fencing, decks and pergola services to Central Texas.

The hospital is a full-service clinic that offers several services for dogs and cats. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Georgetown pet hospital is now under new ownership

Dr. Donnie Hoff purchased the practice from Dr. Margaret Stummer.

Complaints over roofing scams general rise after storms, and the city of Georgetown is looking at how to help residents find reputable roofers. (Courtesy Sarris & MacKir Roofing and Construction)
Roofing scam complaints lead Georgetown officials to consider how to protect residents

Unofficial complaints from residents generally increase after storms such as the recent April hail storm, and leaders are looking at ways to protect residents.