The Williamson County Sun

Covid-19 Numbers


Location Cases Deaths
Williamson 46,184 469
Bell 22,566 421
Travis 83,201 863
Texas 2,924,815 50,840
U.S. 32,853,398 584,494

May 14 | 7:20 am

 

Wilco Status Report


County Breakout

Status
Total cases 46,184
  Confirmed cases  39,368
 Additional Probable cases 6,816
New confirmed cases 32
Deaths 469
Fullly Vaccinated 45.15%
  Vaccinated one dose 60.03%
Hospital beds available 639
% hospital beds avail. 17%
ICU beds available 60
% ICU beds avail. 13%
GA-32 Total TSA % 3.07%
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 8,398 +9
Round Rock 10,630 +3
Hutto 2,921 +2
Cedar Park 2,997 --
Leander 3,375 +7
Austin (in wilco) 3,775 +3
Other towns 5,270 +2
Age Group
Age C Δ
Under 5 764 --
5 to 10 1,538 +5
11 to 13 1,080 --
14 to 17 1,979 +2
18 to 30 9,315 +4
31 to 40 7,008 +4
41 to 50 6,770 +4
51 to 60 5,128 +5
61 to 70 2,931 +1
71 to 80 1,708 +1
81 and over 1,147 +1

  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 18 --
51-60 50 --
61-70 73 --
71-80 127 --
81+ 201 --

 

May 14 | 7:20 am

Definitions

Sources: Williamson Co. Health Dept.

 


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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

 

A family afair

Siblings take to court for GHS state tennis tourney

 

 

A teenage boy stands with arm around his teenage sister. Both wear championship medals and Georgetown ISD sweatshirts.

Super talented tennis players — and brother and sister — Zach and Sam (Samantha) Miller head to San Antonio next week to compete in the final mixed doubles matches of this year’s high school competition to state champions. Sam is a senior and Zach is a junior at Georgetown High School.

By GALEN WELLNICKI

 

Chrissy Miller was once a tennis standout for Georgetown High School and a collegiate competitor at Trinity University in San Antonio, an institution once known nationally as a major NCAA tennis fixture. 

Now, Miller has served up the Eagles’ latest University Interscholastic League State Meet qualifiers as GHS coach Suzanne Kidd will take Miller’s senior daughter Sam (Samantha) and junior son Zach (Zachary) to San Antonio for the final mixed doubles matches of this season’s high school campaign.

 

On Thursday morning at the Northside ISD Tennis Center, Sam and Zach, sister and brother and the Region IV-5A and District 25-5A champions, will face the Frisco Liberty pairing of Sanjheev Rao and Milla Dopson in the tournament’s quarterfinals. The Red Hawks’ combination of Rao and Dopson are the Region II-5A runners up.

 

The winner of that match will return to the courts at 2 p.m. Thursday to play either Jackson Harwell and Eleanor Archer of Amarillo or Enrique Castillo and Adrianna Mcelwain of  Friendswood. The finals are at 8:30 a.m. Friday against the survivor of the four teams on the top half of the eight-entry bracket, which is expected to be the Region II-5A champions from national prep tennis power Dallas Highland Park, Ray Saalfield and Isabella McElfresh.

 

To reach the state tournament the Millers bested the Dripping Springs duo of Whitney Robbins and Henry Lovelace, 6-1, 1-6, 7-5, in the Region IV-5A finals. Robbins and Lovelace will play the favored Highland Park team in the quarterfinals.

 

Kidd said she believed the Millers were the first sister-brother combination to represent GHS at the state tournament.

 

“Sam has been to state all four years of her high school career,” Kidd said. Sam advanced to the state in mixed doubles with Corey O’Bannon and as sophomore with Stephen Sieckmann. As juniors, Sam and Zach both played on the school’s state finalist team tennis entry.

 

“Sam has received many scholarships for her academics, but also has received the Nelson Foundation Tennis scholarship in the amount of $2,000 and the Capital Area Tennis scholarship for $1,000,” Kidd added. “Sam is going to continue her academic and athletic career at Trinity University.”

 

Zach is not a newcomer to top-level high school competition either.

 

“Zach qualified for the regional tournament in singles as a freshman and last year was a starter for the [fall] tennis team and had a big role in helping the tennis team qualify for the state tournament in team tennis. This will be his first trip to the spring state tournament” [individual competition by event], his coach said.

 

Playing mixed doubles this season, Sam said she and her brother posted a 17-8 record and that she had an overall 37-12 mark for the complete season.

 

“As a senior I have many special memories and moments from the last four years. I have played countless tournaments and I have played with many partners,” Sam said. “Getting to play mixed doubles with my little brother my last semester of high school has been some of the most meaningful and special experiences and I know I will treasure it for the rest of my life. 

 

“Zachary and I work well together on the tennis court because we both want to play as hard as we can for each other and give 100 percent effort.

 

“Upon graduation I will be attending Trinity University where I will be playing Division III tennis. Although this may be the end of my Georgetown High School tennis career, I still have many more years of competing on the court that I am so excited for. I can’t wait to go compete with Zachary at the UIL State Tournament in San Antonio next week!”

 

Zach’s turn. “I have greatly enjoyed playing mixed doubles with my sister this past year,” he said. “This is a great achievement that we both have worked very hard to earn and I couldn’t ask for a better partner.

 

“I am a member of the academic all-district team. My tennis goals are to play in college. I also plan to major in aerospace engineering and minor in business with the goal of earning my MBA.”

 

Oh, all the athletic ability doesn’t come from the mother. Father Tim was a basketball player for Trinity’s Tigers.

 

“Their mom played tennis at GHS under then-coach Kerry Minzenmayer and graduated in 1991. Mom is our MVP for the girls on the perpetual plaque that stands in our hallway,” Kidd explained. “Sam is now on our perpetual plaque three times and Zach was put on it this year for the boys.”

 

Ah, family traditions live

 

 

May 14 | 3:30 pm


A girl with purple hair sits atop an SUV while waving an American flag. Inside the car a smiling man is seen driving.

Georgetown High senior Taylor McCullum carries an American flag while riding along  Main Street in last year’s graduation parade.

 

Graduation dates set

Car Parade: Back by popular demand


By KATHERINE ANTHONY

 

Are your calendars marked to cheer Georgetown Independent School District’s Class of 2021 at this year’s Car Parade of Graduates? 

 

The festive event — on its way to becoming an annual celebration — will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 22. 

 

Expected to last two hours, the parade will kick off from Georgetown High School, proceed down Austin Avenue to the Courthouse Square and turn back north on Main Street. It will disband at Main and Second Streets.

 

The Car Parade was a first-time event in 2020, planned as a substitute celebration after traditional graduation ceremonies were canceled because of Covid-19. The Texas Education Agency stepped in, however, and allowed school districts to hold graduation ceremonies outdoors and with social distancing.

 

In Georgetown, parade planning was well underway — and with high enthusiasm — so it remained on the calendar of celebrations along with reinstated outdoor graduations. 

 

Popular demand

Now, in 2021 — back by popular demand — seniors of Georgetown, East View and Richarte high schools will enjoy a ride through town in cars and trucks festooned with balloons and signs to celebrate their achievement.

 

“The parade is a fun celebration for the students and families — and for the community to share in the congratulations. Everybody wanted to do it again,” Melinda Brasher, GISD communications director, said.

 

The parade will also be livestreamed on SHNLive, and live stream audio will be available on the HIPP RADIO NETWORK app on iPhone or Android. Audio also will be available online at HRNGeorgetown.com/listen.

 

2021 graduations

GISD’s 2021 graduations will again be outdoor ceremonies to be held at Birkelbach Field as follows:

• Richarte High School — May 27, 8 p.m.

• Georgetown High School — May 28, 8 p.m.

• East View High School — May 29, 8 p.m.

 

Tickets will not be required to attend.

 

 

May 14 | 3:30 pm

   


WHO kicks off
annual fund-raiser

Women Helping Others is back in action with the kickoff of its 10th annual fund-raiser for Meals on Wheels at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 19. 

 

The fund-raiser is a staple of the organization and has raised $316,000 since it began in 2012. Last year, St. David’s HealthCare matched funds raised up to $30,000, a promise they plan to uphold this year as well. Funds raised at the event help Meals on Wheels, a program of  Opportunities for Williamson & Burnet Counties that provides consistent and healthy meals to seniors in need each day. The fund-raiser this year will take place online through the end of June. 

Money collected from the fund-raiser will go directly to the Hilda Kitchen, one of the kitchens preparing food for Meals on Wheels that specifically caters to Sun City. 

 

“We’re really helping those around us,” WHO member Nina Stancil said. 

 

The kickoff event will take place at the Sun City Ballroom, 2 Texas Drive, Sun City. It will also be the first live meeting of the Neighborhood Representative Organization since Covid-19 shutdowns last year. To contribute to the fund-raiser and Meals on Wheels, visit owbc-tx.org and select WHO Ladies Fundraiser.


Experience Georgetown restaurants in June


The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce has declared June as “Restaurant Month.”

 

The plan is to offer discounts at restaurants throughout the city via a coupon book. Both digital and print versions of the book will be available — $15 for e-book and $20 for physical copies. Sales will begin in June. 

 

Proceeds will benefit college scholarships for high school students in the Career & Technical Education program and toward a Junior Leadership scholarship. 

The book is accepting coupons from participating restaurants in either half or full page ads. Those interested should contact Allison McKee at the chamber at 512-930-3535.

 


 

 


Trailblazing memory illness study launches

 

By KATE THURMOND

 

Enrollment has opened to Georgetown-area residents for a long-term Alzheimer’s and dementia research project to be known as the Georgetown Brain Study. 

 

The University of Texas Dell Medical School and UT Dell Medical School have been collaborating for more than a year to establish a research study to delve into the process of aging, cognition and the effects of technology on the brain. The Georgetown Neuroscience Foundation is based in Georgetown, and will primarily work with Georgetown and Sun City residents to collect data. 

 

Over the past year, the collective has held multiple town hall meetings to include the public in the progression of the research program, and now they have opened enrollment for a pilot study. 

 

The first of these will be an Institutional Review Board-approved online-only survey. It is estimated to take 30-60 minutes and will cover questions about demographics, health factors, lifestyle factors, technology, cognition and mental health. These topics were chosen from the most frequently voiced questions raised in the town hall meetings. 

 

“I’ve approached a number of people in the audience, and there’s definitely an enthusiasm for getting involved,” said Dr. Michael Douglas, town hall organizer and member of the Texas Science Education Foundation. The study hopes to tap citizens of Georgetown and Sun City — which have high populations of elder citizens where memory problems are most likely to surface — for data. 

 

“It requires a scientific village,” Dr. David Paydarfar, chairman of Dell Medical School’s neurology department, said. 

 

Data collected for the study will go toward furthering the understanding of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS to help with early detection and treatment. 

 

To enroll in the study, go to the website for Georgetown Neuroscience Foundation and search under the “Brain Study” drop-down, then go to “Enroll in Pilot.”