Positivity rate drops to 3% in Williamson County, plus more COVID-19 news

Here is what you need to know today about COVID-19 in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Here is what you need to know today about COVID-19 in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)

Here is what you need to know today about COVID-19 in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)

Williamson County added 241 new coronavirus cases between May 13-16, bringing the confirmed total since the start of the pandemic to 39,513, according to Williamson County and Cities Health District data.

The county also added six deaths bringing the total to 473.

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.

Williamson County continues to be in the orange phase of community spread, which indicates a high spread level. Local health officials still recommend individuals wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of distance from those not in their household.

According to the dashboard, 44.79% of eligible Williamson County residents are fully vaccinated, and 57.43% have received at least one shot.


In addition, about 16% of COVID-19 hospital beds are available, and 13% of COVID-19 ICU beds are available, according to the dashboard.

The seven-day rolling positive rate, or the rate at which tests for the coronavirus return positive, is 3%.

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


  • Austin: 3,789

  • Cedar Park: 3,009

  • Georgetown: 8,423

  • Hutto: 2,928

  • Leander: 3,391

  • Round Rock: 10,670

  • Other: 5,294


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: 24

  • Cedar Park: 72

  • Georgetown: 120

  • Other: 98

  • Round Rock: 159


The city of residence for one death was not immediately available.

Officials said the county is not lega
lly 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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