2 More Die Of Coronavirus In WilCo, 7 In Five-Day Span

Tony Cantu

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TX — Two women died of the coronavirus in Williamson County, health officials said Tuesday, raising the historical illness count to 39. The number of new cases rose by 130 in the county over the past 24 hours, bringing the historical count to 2,230.

The latest victims succumbing to the respiratory illness for which there is no vaccine were a woman in her 50s and another in her 80s, health officials said. Patient privacy protection laws preclude the release of more details, officials added.

Another 130 new illness cases emerged in Williamson County from the previous day, bringing the historical count to 2,230 as reported on a Williamson County and Cities Health District statistical dashboard Tuesday. Health officials report that 904 people have recovered from the illness, but there are now 1,247 active cases in Williamson County.

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Data indicate there are currently 103 patients hospitalized, including 33 being treated at intensive care units and another 10 placed on ventilators. Currently, 27 percent of hospital beds are available among county hospitals, along with 12 percent of intensive care unit beds and 67 percent of ventilators.

The latest pair of deaths has added to a string of fatalities blamed on coronavirus in less than a week's time. On Monday, health officials reported the death of two patients, a man in his 40s and another in his 80s. The previous Sunday, a man in his 40s succumbed to the illness preceding a pair of elderly patients who died of coronavirus last Friday.

“It is the second day in a row that we mourn the loss of two more Williamson County residents taken too soon at the hands of COVID-19," Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said in a prepared statement. "This deadly virus continues to spread, therefore, we must mitigate as best as we can by abiding to the social distancing guidelines, practicing proper hygiene, and wearing a face covering in public. Protect your loved ones and your neighbors by following these safety measures.”

According to the dashboard, Round Rock has the greatest number of active cases of coronavirus with 417 — eight more than recorded on Monday. Another 252 cases have emerged in Georgetown, an increase of 25 from the previous day. Cedar Park has had 163 cases as of Tuesday, ten more than the day before. In Leander, 89 cases have been recorded — up 11 from the 78 reported the previous day.

For more information on the latest COVID-19 cases count in Williamson County, visit the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) dashboard located at www.wcchd.org/COVID-19/dashboard.php. The dashboard information is updated daily by around 4:30 p.m.

Those experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness such as cough, fever and shortness of breath are urged to contact their health care providers. However, health officials stress the importance of calling ahead before arriving at a clinic, urgent care, or emergency department to avoid potential spread of illness.

For information on the county response to COVID-19, go to www.wilco.org/COVID-19.

This article originally appeared on the Round Rock Patch