The Williamson County Sun

The Numbers


Location Cases Deaths
Williamson 39,586* 362
Bell 20,235 332
Travis/Austin 74,598 727
Texas 2,617,096 42,521
U.S. 28,261,979 502,698

Feb 24 | 7:56 am

*Williamson County numbers will not be updated Monday Feb. 15 through Friday Feb. 26 due to maintenance and critical updates. Data from those days will be added on the Monday March 1 update.

 

Wilco Status Report


County Breakout

Status
Total cases 39,585
  Confirmed cases  34,527
 Additional Probable cases 5,059
Daily new cases 202
Deaths 362
Hospital beds available 773
% hospital beds avail. 19%
ICU beds available 72
% ICU beds avail. 13%
GA-32 Total TSA % 9.76%

Cases by City

City C Δ
Georgetown 7,363 +39
Round Rock 9,399 +61
Hutto 2,459 +18
Cedar Park 3,290 +16
Leander 2,804 +12
Austin (in wilco) 2,666 +12
Other towns 4,632 +42
Age Group
Age C Δ
Under 5 675 +11
5 to 10 1,294 +12
11 to 13 924 +2
14 to 17 1,795 +22
18 to 30 8,108 +50
31 to 40 6,158 +31
41 to 50 5,913 +33
51 to 60 4,497 +28
61 to 70 2,591 +8
71 to 80 1,514 +7
81 and over 1,004 +0

  C=Confirmed Cases
  Δ=Change

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

Deaths by Age Group
Age  
18-50 16
51-60 34
61-70 49
71-80 95
81+ 168

 

Feb 15 | 7:50 am

Definitions

Sources: Williamson Co. Health Dept.


Covid-19 update

Curative begins vaccinations in Georgetown

 

Family Hospital Systems continues 

By CHRISTOPHER DE LOS SANTOS


Curative, Inc., and Family Hospital Systems are each operating separate drive-through Covd-19 vaccination sites in Williamson County this week. The county is also continuing its wait list, call-in help line and in-person technology assistance sites.


Curative

Curative, Inc., conducts a drive-through clinic for Covd vaccinations at John Gupton Stadium near Georgetown High School, on Austin Avenue, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 24. Weekday hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. They have not, yet, developed their schedule for weekends.


Headquartered in San Dimas, California, Curative, Inc., operates thousands of Covid testing sites across California, Texas and other states.


Rachel Baptista, regional vaccine lead for Curative operations in central Texas, said they will give 500 vaccinations Wednesday. Curative will scale up Thursday and the rest of the week to serve more patients, she said. 


All vaccinations are by appointment only, officials have said. Email notices go out from the county, with unique links, to those who register on the waitlist, when their turns come up.

 

Read more

Feb 24 | 2:00 p.m.


Water use restriction lifts

 

Restrictions on nonessential use of water lifted Tuesday at noon for all Georgetown water customers. The City’s water has recovered storage capacity and returned to normal operations following the winter storm, allowing the City to lift the restrictions early. The restriction had been set to lift Wednesday after the City enacted the order Sunday. 

 

“We are so grateful for everyone’s hard work limiting water use the past few days. Our water system recovered much quicker than anticipated, and we have returned to normal operations,” City Manager David Morgan said. “The water and power outages many of our customers experienced during and after the winter storm last week were extremely challenging on all of us. The strength and goodwill you showed your neighbors and our crews working around the clock truly helped us all get through this.”

 

Water uses such as irrigation, washing vehicles, adding water to a pool, and industrial uses are permitted once the restrictions lift. However, leaving irrigation systems off and limiting other outdoor uses are still encouraged.

 

Feb 23 | 3:19 p.m.


No more boiling water

City tightened spigot on non-essential water use


Water systems back to ‘normal operations’


By CHARLOTTE KOVALCHUK


When Stephanie Holland and her husband Brian learned about Georgetown’s water restriction order, they considered the impact it would have on their Cool Waves Express Car Wash business.

 

Water customers, including car wash businesses, were initially prohibited from using water for non-essential purposes until Wednesday. The order began Sunday when the city enacted Stage 3 of its Drought Contingency Plan. Restrictions on nonessential use of water lifted Tuesday at noon for all Georgetown water customers. The City’s water has recovered storage capacity and returned to normal operations following the winter storm, allowing the City to lift the restrictions early.

 

Read more

 

Feb 23 | 3:33 p.m.

 


A snowman.

Send your tales of ice & snow in winter storm of the century


The Sun invites you, our readers, to send us your stories, your experiences, of the ice, snow and aftermath of the winter storm of the century in Georgetown and Williamson County. The stories may be heart-warming, horrifying or simply weird — the events or small incidents that captured your attention or heart. 


Likewise, anyone who shot photographs that portrayed the storm and its effects, send them to us.


We’ll run as many of our town’s stories and photos as we have room for in The Sunday Sun of February 28.


Send your stories or photos by Thursday, February 22, by 9 a.m. to editor@wilcosun.com Word count: 150 words tops. Be sure to include your name, address and a good day phone number where you can be easily reached.


Photographs must include cutline information: complete names of people shown, the day and location of the photograph, and enough information for the viewer to understand what they are seeing. 

 

— Linda Scarbrough

 


Biden declares Wilco major disaster zone

After crushing winter storms pummeled Texas last week, President Joseph Biden Jr. Friday declared Williamson County a national disaster area, making it eligible for federal assistance.

 

Williamson was among the first group of Texas counties to be approved, along with 76 others.

 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott requested the major disaster declaration last week for all 254 counties to provide individual assistance, public assistance and hazard mitigation for individuals and communities affected by last week’s ice storm followed by a half foot of snow and several days of well below freezing.

 

Read more

 

Feb 23 | 3:33 p.m.


Home, business owners urged to contact insurance reps


With mounting damage from the recent winter weather, insurance industry representatives advise owners of homes or businesses to contact their insurance company or agent to file a claim as soon as possible.


Camille Garcia, public affairs director at the trade group Insurance Council of Texas said, “The claims we’re seeing at homes and businesses are burst pipes — not roof or siding damage. As water begins to thaw, we’ll start seeing more water damage losses.

 

 

Read more

 

Feb 23 | 3:33 p.m.

 

   

Black History
Month events 

February starts off Black History month, and here are a few ways you can support the cause locally.

 

African American Read-in

The Georgetown Public Library encourages people to participate in the African American Read-in, an initiative to read works by Black authors during the month of February. Curbside pickup is available for any materials. Find more information about their offerings at library.georgetown.org. 402 W. Eighth St.

 

Tuesday Talks with
Britin and Ann

February’s Tuesday Talks with Britin and Ann will cover this year's national theme of Black History Month, “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, Diversity.” The meeting will include special guest Paulette Taylor, president of the Georgetown Citizens and Cultural Memorial Association, for: Representation, Identify and Diversity Celebrated in Georgetown's Track-Ridge-Grasshopper Neighborhood.”  Starts at noon, Feb. 2 on Zoom and Facebook Live. Find more information, including how to participate in the virtual meeting, at historic.georgetown.org.

 

Virtual events

The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association will host several virtual family events to celebrate Black History Month in February.

 

The group will present a reading of Georgetown Police Officer Delta Jolly’s book “Officer Jolly Earns Her Badge,” from 11 a.m.-noon Feb. 6 on Zoom. The presentation is in partnership with The Williamson Museum, The Lone Star Chapter, and The Links Incorporated. Participants will be able to pick up activity packets, including stickers, crayons, and coloring and workbook pages, prior to the event at The Williamson Museum. Visit https://bit.ly/3agcHRE for more information and to register to attend.

 

A teen-friendly event “The Key: Money Choices for Teens” by Marjorie L. Anderson will be hosted from 11 a.m. to noon on Feb. 13. The event will offer advice on managing finances and good financial habits that can last a lifetime.

 

A presentation of “Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation” by LaTasha Morrison for youth and adults age 15 and older will take place 11 a.m. to noon, Feb. 25. The event is a community conversation about reconciliation, historical factors, and the realities of racial tensions, as well as a dialogue about righteousness, justice, and healing.

 

For more information about the GCCMA events, visit gccmatx.org.

 

The Williamson Museum

The Williamson Museum will premiere the exhibit “Heritage and Horizons: The Black Legacy of Williamson County” on Feb. 10. This exhibit celebrates Black individuals, families and groups who were integral to the history of Williamson County. It will be open for viewing through Aug. 1, 2022. For more information about the exhibit, as well as additional museum events, visit williamsonmuseum.org. 716 S. Austin Ave.

 


RoundAbout


Event Changes, status updates, and online entertainiment options.


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.

 

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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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