WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TX — The number of cases of the coronavirus rose by 69 on Friday to 1,770, and three more patients in Williamson County — all elderly residents — succumbed to the contagious respiratory illness, bringing the total fatality count to 35.
Given patient privacy laws, county officials could offer only the barest of descriptions of the deceased: A man in his 70s; a woman in her 80s; another woman who had reached the age of 100.
“Our county is mourning the loss of three more lives today," Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said in a prepared statement. "This sad news is a reminder of the devastating impacts of this virus, and how it will take all of us working together to keep our community from being further impacted. The virus is still present in our community, and we need to stay vigilant if we want to stay healthy.”
Like much of Texas, Williamson County is seeing ever-growing rates of the respiratory illness for which no vaccine exists. According to a statistical dashboard maintained by the Williamson County and Cities Health District, there are 937 active cases — 160 more than the 777 reported recoveries.
Currently, 61 patients are hospitalized — 20 being treated at intensive care units, and eight placed on ventilators. According to the dashboard, the hospital bed availability is 28 percent while availability of ICU beds is at 13 percent. Ventilators are more plentiful, according to the dashboard, with a 69 percent availability.
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The greatest concentration of illness in the county has been seen in Round Rock, where there are 349 open cases — 18 more than the day before. Georgetown is the second most impacted city, with 181 open cases — eight more than the day before. Cedar Park, Hutto and Leander round out the top five, with 140, 60 and 58 active cases of illness, respectively.
The number of open cases in Cedar Park grew by seven in a 24-hour span, according to the dashboard, while two more active cases were reported in Hutto. The open case count in Leander was unchanged.
There's a sliver of Austin in the county mix, with 59 cases there. There's also an "other" category for those areas of the county with less than 20,000 residents, with 111 cases there. But the dashboard doesn't specify where those areas are, and a county spokesperson previously explained to Patch that officials are not legally obligated to specify locations given the sparse population.
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.
Thoe with symptoms of respiratory illness such as cough, fever, and shortness of breath, are urged to contact their health care providers. However, health officials stressed the importance of calling ahead before arriving at a clinic, urgent care, or emergency department to avoid potential spread of the illness.
For information on the county response to COVID-19, go to www.wilco.org/COVID-19.