Coronavirus: WilCo Cases Grow By 27 To 787, 1 More Death

Tony Cantu

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TX — The death count in Williamson County blamed on the coronavirus grew to 30 after another person died of the respiratory illness, health officials reported on Thursday. Health officials also upgraded the illness count to 787 — 27 more cases than the previous day.

The latest victim of the illness was a man in his 60s, according to the Williamson County and Cities Health District. No further details were made available in compliance with patient privacy laws, officials noted.

“Unfortunately, today we have another death of a Williamson County resident due to this horrible disease," Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said in a prepared statement. "While this remains an ongoing challenge, it is a reminder that we must look out and protect those who are in the most vulnerable population, including residents with underlying health conditions. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who are mourning a loss.”

According to a statistical dashboard maintained by the health district, 544 patients have recovered from the respiratory illness after contracting the virus. The dashboard notes 106 people have been hospitalized for the contagious illness, including 49 treated at intensive care units and another 26 on ventilators.

Round Rock has the greatest number of active cases in the county with 81, according to the dashboard. Georgetown and Cedar Park follow in terms of illness concentration levels with 33 and 30 active cases, respectively. Leander had a dozen open cases as of Thursday.

Those seeking more information on the latest COVID-19 cases count in Williamson County, are urged to visit the Williamson County and Cities Health District dashboard at www.wcchd.org/COVID-19/dashboard.php. The dashboard information is updated daily.

Those with 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 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