The Williamson County Sun

Covid-19 Numbers


Location Cases Deaths
Williamson 44,664 462
Bell 22,058 407
Travis 81,470 839
Texas 2,860,098 49,672
U.S. 31,793,715 568,475

April 21 | 8:00 am

 

Wilco Status Report


County Breakout

Status
Total cases 44,664
  Confirmed cases  38,271
 Additional Probable cases 6,393
New confirmed cases 127
Deaths 462
Fullly Vaccinated 30.73%
  Vaccinated one dose 48.28%
Hospital beds available 583
% hospital beds avail. 15%
ICU beds available 50
% ICU beds avail. 10%
GA-32 Total TSA % 4.81%
Phase (High spread) Orange
  • To move from Orange (High Community Spread) to Yellow (Moderate Community Spread) phase:
  • • the incidence rate needs to be below 7.0 for 14 consecutive days. 
  • • The positive test rate needs to be below 10% for 14 consecutive days.
  • • The GA-32 Total TSA rate for Region O needs to be decreasing for 14 consecutive days.
  • WCCHD strongly encourages social and physical distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands, since community transmission of COVID-19 is still high.

 

Cases by City

City C Δ
Georgetown 8,175 +36
Round Rock 10,340 +39
Hutto 2,823 +8
Cedar Park 2,889 +16
Leander 3,252 +18
Austin (in wilco) 3,664 +4
Other towns 5,131 +9
Age Group
Age C Δ
Under 5 738 +4
5 to 10 1,483 +6
11 to 13 1,037 +11
14 to 17 1,939 +6
18 to 30 9,014 +26
31 to 40 6,801 +23
41 to 50 6,575 +30
51 to 60 5,009 +11
61 to 70 2,865 +7
71 to 80 1,679 +5
81 and over 1,131 +2

  C=Confirmed Cases
  Δ=Change

*Available Hospital beds, ICU beds and ventilators includes all units in Williamson County.

Deaths by Age Group
Age Total Δ
18-50 19 --
51-60 48 --
61-70 70 --
71-80 123 --
81+ 202 --

 

April 21 | 8:00 am

Definitions

Sources: Williamson Co. Health Dept.


Coronavirus testing

Wilco residents can go to wilco.org/coronavirus to schedule a drive-thru test at one of the testing locations. Individuals must first fill out an online assessment and then wait for a call from the facility within 48 hours to schedule an appointment.


Public meetings

• Georgetown school board:
regular session,
7 p.m. Monday,
Hammerlun Center,
East University Ave.
Watch at georgetownisd.org

• Commissioners Court:
regular weekly session,
9:30 a.m. Tuesday,
county courthouse,
710 S. Main St.
Watch at wilco.org

• City Council: Tuesday,
519 W. Ninth St.,
3 p.m. workshop and
6 p.m. meeting,
second and fourth Tuesday.
Watch at georgetown.org/gtv


 


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A man dressed as a crawfish stands in front of a line of classic cars.

Over 200 cars will be on display at the May 1 Georgetown Texas Area Car Club Annual Car Show.

 

Car show ‘a go’ for Georgetown — finally

 

BY KATE THURMOND

 

The Georgetown Texas Area Car Club is back on track with its 14th Annual Car Show & Charity Benefit scheduled for May 1 in the Sun City Social Center parking lot.

 

Pre-registration is now open to attend.


A wide array of over 200 cars, ranging from vintage models to modern-day Corvettes, will be on display.

 

The benefit was postponed last year from its usual May date to September, and ultimately canceled when Covid-19 cases were on the rise. Despite the lack of fund-raising, the GTACC was still able to provide two scholarships for graduating high school seniors, as well as support a local nonprofit organization quarterly with funds donated for the canceled shows. Scholarships are given to students from East View and Georgetown high schools who are in the automotive technology discipline. Students have the option to continue automotive technology with their scholarship funds or pursue other fields of interest.

 

“We’re just interested in supporting their further education,” Don Landry, GTACC secretary, said.

 

The 2019 car show raised about $11,000 and had an estimated 2,500 people in attendance.

 

This year, the GTACC expects a large turnout, although Mr. Landry said they aren’t sure how Covid will affect the numbers. They will require both masking and social distancing to be observed at the show.

 

“The car community of Georgetown is very excited,” Mr. Landry said. “We’re trying to have something positive after a year of being shut in. We hope people will come out because — hallelujah — we can.”

 

April 20 | 4:20 pm


A man dressed as a crawfish stands in front of a line of classic cars.

6-year-old Halle Cox of Waco had a good time among the red poppies growing at Edwards Park on Saturday, April 17, 2021. She and her brother Callan, 4, are spending time with their grandmother, Georgetown resident Derann Neuwirth. Even though the Red Poppy Festival was moved to October, the poppies are abundant right now. Photo by Andy Sharp.


Candidates and issues in May 1 election

Georgetown City Council
District 1

 

District 5
Mary Calixtro

Mary Calixtro (incumbent)

Amanda Parr

Amanda Parr

 

Kevin Pitts

Kevin Pitts (incumbent)

Jason Norwood

Jason Norwood

 

Georgetown ISD Board of Trustees
Place 6

 

Place 7
Tim Carr

Tim Carr

Jen Mauldin

Jen Mauldin

 

Stephen Benold

Stephen Benold

Jeff Siegismund

Jeff Siegismund

Ben Stewart

Ben Stewart (incumbent)

 

Important Dates:

Last day to register to vote: Thursday, April 1
Last day to apply for Ballot-by-Mail: Tuesday, April 20

 

Early voting
Monday - Saturday, April 19 - 24,  7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, April  26, 27,  7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Election Day
Saturday, May 1
Main Early Voting and Limited Ballot Location:
•  Georgetown: Georgetown Inner Loop Annex,
301 SE Inner Loop
Branch Locations:
•  Georgetown: Cowan Creek Amenity Center,
1433 Cool Spring Way
•  Georgetown: Georgetown ISD Technology Building,
603 Lakeway Drive
•  Jarrell: Jarrell ISD Administration,
108 East Avenue F


$90 Million Mobility Bond

Proposition A: $90,000,000

 

The issuance of $90 million in bonds by the City of Georgetown for streets, roads, bridges, and intersections, including SE Inner Loop, Shell Road, Williams Drive, DB Wood Road, Leander Road, Austin Avenue bridges, Rockride Lane, and Westinghouse Road. Included in the bond is $10.4 for sidewalks, a bicycle trail, intersection and transportation technologies. The city projects that the property tax rate will rise about three cents if the bonds pass.


Jarrell ISD Bond:  $113,370,000 

Proposition A: $111,625,000

 

A new elementary school  —  Expansion of the middle school and high school — Expansion of the district transportation facility — Technology infrastructure upgrades — Safety and security, including security cameras, access control and exterior lighting — Buses — Land for future school sites and design for future facilities — Athletic improvements at the high school to include baseball and softball turf, covered batting cages, tennis court lighting, and 4 additional tennis courts — Renovations to preserve the 1916 historic building for district use.

 

Proposition B: $1,745,000 Expansion and improvements to the stadium including: Additional visitor seating (995 seats) — Added visitor restrooms — Sidewalks for access to seating and restrooms — Improvements for accessibility and ADA compliance.

 


Covid-19 surge?

County infection rates trend upward


Sites expanded for Covid vaccinations

 

Many pharmacies are now receiving Covid-19 vaccines directly from the federal government, while the Texas Department of State Health Services continues to provide vaccines to hubs and local providers.

 

Vaccinations are still by appointment only. People who would like to get a shot through their usual pharmacy should register on the pharmacy’s website or app.

 

Read more

 


BY CHRISTOPHER DE LOS SANTOS

 

Despite the fact that more than 50 percent of those eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine in the county have received at least one dose, the spread of the virus is starting to trend upward again.

 

According to data from the Williamson County and Cities Health District, Covid spread indicators are increasing, and the county continues in “high community spread” or “orange phase” of the pandemic.

 

Health officials emphasized it is still important for people to wear a mask, wash their hands often and to continue social distancing when gathering with others they do not know well.

 

Three indicators need to be met to move to the “moderate community spread” (yellow phase). Two out of three indicators are trending the wrong direction.

 

• The incidence rate measures the average daily rate of new infections, and it needs to be below 7.0 for 14 consecutive days. For about five weeks, or since March 18, when the county moved to the orange phase, the incidence rate has not dropped below 7.0. In the last 10 days, it has increased from 7.3 to 10.4.


 

Read more

April 20 | 4:20 pm


Latest Covid vaccine info Sign up for vaccinations

 

A woman gets a shot in the arm from blue gloved hands.

Sun writer Linda Dwyer received her first Covid-19 shot in January at an indoor clinic. While most vaccinations in the county since then have been at drive-through clinics, distribution of the vaccine is beginning to trend toward brick and mortar pharmacies and indoor clinics.

As of Tuesday morning, Curative Inc., Williamson County’s primary mass Covid-19 vaccine hub, provided a sign-up method on its website for vaccination sites in Georgetown and Round Rock. People wanting a drive-through shot for their first dose may now sign up with Curative.

 

The county closed its waitlist Friday and transferred the remaining people to primary first dose provider Curative. Curative has contacted these people by email at the email address included in their sign up, and provided them an opportunity to get a shot appointment.

 

Curative received over 11,000 first doses for this week from the state health department, plus additional second doses. The state does not publish the distribution of second doses, but does send these to the same provider who gave each first dose.

 

When signing up for a Covid shot online, people will need to have some information handy.
Info needed for sign up

 

Each vaccine provider has its own portal or other way of signing up, but officials have said the information required is generally the same.

 

Each sign up will need a unique email address.

 

People who sign up will need to provide contact information and health insurance information.

 

Anyone who lacks an email account, a residence, a phone number or a health plan and wants the vaccine should contact the Williamson County and Cities Health District through the public health clinic in Taylor.

 

Those who sign up will also need to know about their allergies to vaccines and whether they have tested positive for Covid-19, been told by a doctor they had the disease or received treatments for it.

 

People who need assistance with putting the sign-up information into the vaccine provider’s portal may continue to seek assistance from the county’s volunteer in-person tech help centers.

 

Volunteers have been trained in the registration process and instructed on health privacy. The county technology services department purchased, and provided electronic security for, the devices used at the help centers.

 

Tech help centers are open from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. in the following locations and the days indicated:
• St. Richard’s Episcopal Church on East Palm Valley Boulevard in Round Rock, Tuesdays.
• The Oaks in Sun City on Del Webb Boulevard (near a golf course), Wednesdays.
• First United Methodist Church Georgetown (McKinney Christian Ministry Center), 1205 Ash Street, Wednesdays.
• Northpoint Church on Arrow Point Drive in Cedar Park, Thursdays.
• First Baptist Taylor on Mallard Lane, Taylor, Thursdays .
• Hill Country Bible Church on Little Elm Trail (Gym Building) near Lakeline Mall, Fridays.

 

   


Library offers
grab-and-go service

The Georgetown Public Library reopened its doors to the public.

The library’s hours of operation are now

Monday–Friday: 

• 10 a.m.–noon. Curbside pickup of reserved materials only — no building access.

• 2–6 p.m. Grab & go service inside the building only — no curbside pickup

Saturday:

• 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Grab & go service inside the building — no curbside pickup.

Sunday:

• Closed.

 

For more information, visit library.georgetown.org or call 512-930-3551.


Lake Georgetown drop triggers Stage 1 Drought Watch

Water storage at Lake Georgetown has fallen to 67 percent of the lake’s full capacity, says the Brazos River Authority this week.

 

Going into the summer months, the City of Georgetown’s water department reminds users to adhere to the two days per week watering schedule that is in effect all year around for irrigation systems and hose-end sprinklers. The policy doesn’t apply to hand-held hose or bucket watering or to outdoor uses like car washing for filling swimming pools. 


Since Mondays are recovery days for the water system, no watering is permitted that day. 


 

Address ends in:

May water
these days:

1, 5, 9

Tuesday and/or Friday

2, 4, 6, 8

Wednesday and/or Saturday

0, 3, 7

Thursday and/or Sunday