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.
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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