Williamson County coronavirus cases rise 7% in past week; more than 600 students in quarantine or isolation

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As of Sept. 16, Williamson County had 4,940 total cases of coronavirus, up 7.18% from last week, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. The department also reported Williamson County has had 35 deaths and more than 100 cumulative hospitalizations.

While the county has seen an increase in the number of total cases—which includes recovered and active cases—the county's number of active cases has remained relatively stable at 407 active cases, up from 392 active cases on Sept 15.

However, while the number of active cases—the metric previously used by Williamson County Schools to measure community spread—has not seen much movement, schools are still reporting a rising number of students who are in isolation or quarantine due to the virus.

As of Sept. 15, WCS reported 57 students were in isolation with a confirmed positive case. That number has more than doubled from last week's total of 26 student cases, according to the district.

Additionally, 579 students are quarantining after coming in contact with a positive case. This number is up from 438 students last week.


The district also reported 10 staff members were in isolation with a confirmed positive case, and 28 staff members were in quarantine. These numbers have changed only slightly from the week prior, according to the district.

See a chart tracking data released by the district so far below.

See Williamson County's active case history below.

By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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