Williamson County, Texas – Williamson County health officials reported 200 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, raising the cumulative count to 13,834.
The data are found on a statistical dashboard maintained by the Williamson County and Cities Health District. The dashboard shows there are 52 county residents currently hospitalized, among them 18 being treated at intensive care units and 11 placed on ventilators. Also, as of Thursday, there were 849 active cases of the illness as shown on the dashboard.
Since the start of the pandemic, the dashboard shows, 169 county residents have died of the respiratory disease — four more from the previous day. On Wednesday, another 159 cases emerged along with one new death.
As cases continue to mount amid uncontrolled community spread of the respiratory illness virus in Williamson County — currently under the highest risk level alert shaded in red — hospital bed availability continues to dwindle. As of Thursday, the dashboard shows that 24 percent of hospital beds are available and 17 percent of specialized intensive care unit beds. Ventilators are more plentiful, with 79 percent availability.
The dashboard provides a breakdown among the county’s biggest cities in terms of the number of cases since the pandemic began. Round Rock has recorded the most cases with 4,020, followed by Georgetown with 2,747; and Cedar Park with 1,347; Leander with 973; and Hutto at 945.
The portion of Austin within the county’s jurisdiction has had 983 cases to date, according to the dashboard. Under a category titled “other” encompassing areas with less than 20,000 population, another 1,797 have been recorded since the onset of coronavirus, as shown on the dashboard. County officials have explained they are not legally compelled to provide specifics on the smaller communities given the areas’ sparse population — granular data that could run afoul of medical privacy provisions given such specificity.