Active coronavirus cases in Williamson County remain over 2,000; less than 2% of county population now partially vaccinated

Dr. Tufik Assad was one of the workers at Williamson Medical Center who received the vaccine. He has been providing care for COVID-19 patients since March. (Courtesy Williamson Medical Center)
Dr. Tufik Assad was one of the workers at Williamson Medical Center who received the vaccine. He has been providing care for COVID-19 patients since March. (Courtesy Williamson Medical Center)

Dr. Tufik Assad was one of the workers at Williamson Medical Center who received the vaccine. He has been providing care for COVID-19 patients since March. (Courtesy Williamson Medical Center)

As the coronavirus pandemic stretches through another month, the Tennessee Department of Health has begun tracking a new metric related to COVID-19: vaccination numbers.

The TDH launched a new reporting dashboard Dec. 18 and began reporting how many Tennesseans have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As of Dec. 29, more than 79,000 doses have been administered, including 14,205 reported in the last 24 hours.

In Williamson County, 1.48% of the county's population has received the first dose of the vaccine. Secondary doses are administered three weeks following the first dose.

Among those vaccinated are health care workers, first responders and other front-line workers, per the TDH's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan for Tennessee.

Williamson Medical Center announced Dec. 18 it has received 975 doses to be administered to emergency services personnel and to staff who have direct exposure to active coronavirus cases.


Dr. Tufik Assad was one of the workers who received the vaccine. He has been providing care for COVID-19 patients since March.

“I have a lot of emotions, but mostly, I am really excited to see a light at the end of the tunnel," Assad said in a WMC press release. "People need to drop their fears and concerns and trust the health experts, and just get it. This is what we’ve been waiting for to get us to the point of herd immunity where we can get our lives back closer to normal.”

The new metrics come as Williamson County is experiencing another peak in active cases amid the holiday season. As of Dec. 29, the county has 2,232 active cases, an 8.5% increase from the Dec. 22 total of 2,057 cases.

The county also reported a new all-time high of 2,337 cases Dec. 26, according to TDH data.

See a full breakdown of active county cases 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.