DATA: See 6 months of tracking COVID-19 in Williamson County

(Community Impact Staff)
(Community Impact Staff)

(Community Impact Staff)

It has been a little more than six months since the first case of the coronavirus in the state was reported in Williamson County, and in that time, total cases have risen to nearly 5,000.

The Tennessee Department of Health releases several data points each day, and with changes in reporting practices in recent weeks, it can be difficult to know what each metric means.

Below is a breakdown of reporting metrics with local data from the last six months.

Total cases

This number refers to the total cases in the county. It includes the number of active cases as well as people who have since recovered or died from the virus.

Active cases

This number refers to the total number of people who are still in the 14-day infectious period after testing positive for the virus. On Sept. 3, the TDH reduced the infectious period from 21 days to 14 days.

Age ranges

While the virus is believed to be most dangerous for those over age 65 and those with pre-existing conditions according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the highest number of cases is found in younger residents, particularly in ages 11-20 and 21-30, according to TDH data.

Percent positive rate

This number refers to the percentage of positive cases versus the total amount of people tested. As of Sept. 14, Williamson County's percent positive rate was 8.78%, slightly higher than the state rate of 7.72%
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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