The Williamson County Sun

The Numbers


Location Cases Deaths
Williamson 605 24
Bell 333 3
Travis/Austin 3,186 93
Texas 61,653 1,636
U.S. 1,756,170 103,153
U.S. recovered: 306,446

May 30 12:15 pm

Wilco Status Report


County Breakout


Gender
Female 51.1%
Male 48.9%
Age Group
1 to 17 24
18 to 40 196
41 to 60 226
61 to 80 122
Over 80 37
Status
Recovered 365
Deaths 23
Ever Hospitalized 90
  Currently Hospitalized 13
Ever in ICU 45
  Currently in ICU 6
Ever on Ventilator 24
  Currently on Ventilator 5
Cases by City
City O R D
Georgetown 30 53 2
Round Rock 117 150 20
Hutto 9 33 1
Cedar Park 8 34 0
Leander 7 37 0
Austin (in wilco) 9 38 0
Other towns 22 45 1

  O=Open Cases
  R=Recovered
  D=Deceased

May 30 12:15 pm

Sources: Williamson Co. Health Dept.


State offers guidance for reopening retail


Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order April 17 to allow nonessential retail businesses to operate during the pandemic. The Texas Department of State Health Services offers guidance to retail business owners, their employees and customers to operate safely. The guidelines are based on information currently available and will be updated when appropriate. This guidance does not apply to businesses considered essential. It is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


    Retail employees
  • • All employees must be trained on environmental cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette.
  • • All employees must be screened before coming into the business for:
  • • new or worsening cough
  • • shortness of breath
  • • sore throat
  • • loss of taste or smell
  • • feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100 F
  • • known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • Any employee who meets any of these criteria should be sent home.
  • • Upon entering the business, employees must wash or sanitize hands.
  • • All employees must wear face coverings.
  • • Employees must maintain at least 6 feet separation from one another.

    Retail customers
  • • Customers may not enter the premises of a retail store. They may purchase items from a retail location for pickup, delivery by mail or delivery to the customer's doorstep.

    Retail to-go:
  • • All payments should be done over the phone or internet if possible, and contact should be minimized if remote payment is not available.
  • • An employee should deliver purchased items to the backseat or trunk of the customer's vehicle whenever possible to minimize physical contact with the customer.
  • • Employees must wash or sanitize their hands after each interaction with a customer, and whenever possible, must disinfect any item that came into contact with the customer.

    Retail delivery:
  • • All payments should be done over the phone or internet if possible, and contact should be minimized if remote payment is not available.
  • • An employee or third-party carrier should deliver purchased items to the customer's doorstep. The employee or third-party carrier may not enter the customer's house or business.

    Retail delivery by mail:
  • • All payments must be done over the phone or internet.
  • • Purchased items should be delivered by mail without customer contact.
  • • The customer should wash or sanitize their hands after the transaction.

May 6 7:56 am


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12,000 file for unemployment

Georgetown residents have filed nearly 12,000 unemployment claims since March 18, the day Williamson County announced its Stay Home Stay Safe order, which shut down nonessential business and limited operations of essential ones.

 

Most claims for Georgetown addresses were filed from mid-March to the end of April. Data collected by the Texas Workforce Commission shows numbers for Georgetown's 78633 ZIP code accounts for 1,907 claims, 78628 makes up 4,250 claims and 78626 accounts for the most with 5,510 claims.

 

More than 31,000 claims were filed in Williamson County.

 

Weekly numbers released by TWC show that until the third week in March, unemployment rates for Wilco were comparable to last year. Claims jumped from 253 in the previous week's report to 3,810 by March 21. That's more than 17 times the 221 claims filed at the same time in 2019.


May 29 3:46 pm


Twenty-fourth death announced

Williamson County has received notification of one more COVID-19 death in the county, bringing the death toll to 24.

Privacy protection laws only permit the release of limited patient information.

 

Recovered: 379

Currently Hospitalized: 12

Available Beds: 53%

Admited to ICU: 5

On Ventilation: 4

Available Ventilators: 83%

 

May 30 12:15 pm





Wilco puts some COVID-19 testing on hold

Williamson County is temporarily taking down its online COVID-19 testing portal because of overwhelming interest.

The backlog of testing requests will be scheduled before the portal can be accessed again.

The service, which offers free testing to individuals not experiencing symptoms, opened May 13. A total of 564 nasopharyngeal tests were conducted at Family Emergency Room facilities by May 19, which identified eight positive cases.

Approximately 350 individuals are scheduled for testing and more than 1,000 are in line to be scheduled.

Announcements will be made notifying the public when they can again request a free COVID-19 test at the county's website.


May 21 10:46 am


5 Wilco EMS staff test positive for virus

Five Williamson County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) employees tested positive for COVID-19 and 20 more are on leave in quarantine as they await test results.

The 25 individuals make up nearly one-sixth of the county's 151 EMS employees. One hundred and thirty-four of those are field paramedics who operate 22 ambulances and response vehicles working out of 19 different stations.

 

Read more in the May 20 Sun.


May 19 3:04 pm

   

 

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