Williamson County sees decline in active coronavirus cases; hospitals continue to urge caution as capacity issues continue

 (Community Impact staff)
(Community Impact staff)

(Community Impact staff)

Active coronavirus cases have seen a 15.5% decrease during the first week of December as cases have dropped to 1,077 as of Dec. 3, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

This total is down from the county's all-time high of 1,723, which was reached Nov. 16.

While active cases have seen a decline in recent days. health care officials are still urging caution as residents begin planning for the holiday season. Between quarantine requirements for staff and projections of rising cases, officials with Williamson Medical Center are warning capacity issues could affect the ability to care for non-coronavirus cases.

"As the surge in the number of active COVID-19 cases and associated hospitalizations continues, Williamson Medical Center, like other area hospitals, is nearing capacity," WMC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Andy Russel said. "The number of patients that we can care for changes daily based on how many admissions and discharges occur each day, along with the number of staff we have available. If the trend in COVID-19 numbers sustains as projected, the community’s access to care for COVID-19 or other emergent medical needs such as heart attacks, strokes, accidents and other issues like appendicitis could be limited."

Take a look at Williamson County's active cases breakdown 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.