The Williamson County Sun

Williamson County

Covid-19 Statistics
Cases in 28 Days 10,807
Deaths in 28 Days 77
Total cases 69,994
  Confirmed cases  59,557
 Additional Probable cases 10,437
Total Deaths 599

Vaccinated: Eligible Population (age 12 and up)

Fully 68.66%
Partially 78.11%

Total Population

Fully 57.3%
Partially 65.2%

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CDC vaccine info

Hospital beds available 532
% hospital beds avail. 13%
ICU beds available 2
% ICU beds avail. 0%
GA-32 Total TSA % 13.72%
Phase Red
  • Green - Minimal Spread
  • Yellow - Moderate Spread
  • Orange - High Spread
  • Red - Uncontrolled Spread

Updated September 21

  • WCCHD strongly encourages vaccination, social and physical distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands.

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


Cases by City

City C Δ
Georgetown 12,653 +118
Round Rock 16,023 +92
Hutto 4,557 +37
Cedar Park 4,454 +26
Leander 5,470 +31
Austin (in wilco) 5,707 +38
Other towns 8,326 +115
Confirmed Cases by Age
Age C Δ
Under 5 1,484 +11
5 to 10 4,040 +69
11 to 13 2,622 +37
14 to 17 3,667 +57
18 to 30 13,213 +59
31 to 40 10,492 +68
41 to 50 9,521 +58
51 to 60 6,912 +35
61 to 70 3,996 +20
71 to 80 2,200 +13
81 and over 1,410 +4

  C=Confirmed Cases

Deaths by Age Group
Age Total Δ
18-50 47 +1
51-60 78 +1
61-70 95 +1
71-80 153 --
81+ 226 +1

Outside Wilco

Location Cases Deaths
Bell 35,525 604
Travis 112,620 1,055
Texas 3,949,052 62,071
U.S. 42,291,718 676,268







Families grieve Sunday at facility gate

A woman stands outside a memorial.

New cases in GISD by week.

Stacey Gamboa of North Williamson County mourns the death of her family's dogs, Rudy and Buddy, as she stands outside the Ponderosa Pet Resort on Sunday afternoon. A late Saturday night fire at the boarding and training facility at 2815 North Austin Avenue resulted in the death of 75 dogs. Gamboa's mother, Walburg resident Stephanie Wright, was the primary owner of Rudy and Buddy, but Gamboa has been helping care for the dogs while her mother is out of town. Photos by Andy Sharp


75 pets die in Saturday night fire at Ponderosa Pet Resort



Don Richards and Pam McMillan were married on Friday, and so festivities with family and friends could continue uninterrupted through the weekend, they boarded their beloved Shelties — Bunny and Clyde — at Ponderosa Pet Resort.

The joyous celebration, however, turned into tragedy and heartbreak on Saturday night.

Bunny and Clyde, both just four months old, were among the 75 beloved pets that died in a fire at Ponderosa, 2815 North Austin Avenue.

Every animal at Ponderosa died in Saturday’s fire, Georgetown Fire Chief John Sullivan said at the scene on Sunday morning. There were 75 dogs in the facility.

“We were unable to save even one life in this building,” he said. “The conditions and the smoke allowed the situation to be not tenable — and that’s difficult for us to wrap our brains around.

“Our hearts go out to these pets’ families. This is a big deal when you lose an extension of your family.”


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Parents ask GISD to take stronger stance on masking


District Covid-19 policies support personal freedoms

New cases in GISD by week


New cases in GISD by week.

*data through Wednesday, September 25.



On the eve of the new school year, Georgetown ISD residents Amy and Marv Varhley decided to withdraw their two students from the school district due to relaxed Covid protocols.

GISD officials released their new Covid-19 guidelines for the school year two days before the first day of class. Unlike last year, when masks were required and teachers enforced social distancing in the classroom and during other school activities, the district made masking optional in its policies.

Ms. Varhley said she didn't believe the updated guidelines would be able to keep students safe, especially compared to the stricter policies from last year and those of other nearby school districts.


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Georgetown budget set for final vote

Second readings for budget, tax rate scheduled for September 28




The City of Georgetown’s proposed $483 million fiscal year 2022 budget and a proposed property tax rate of 40.1 cents per $100 valuation, received first-reading approval from the Georgetown City Council Tuesday. 

The council scheduled  second readings and final adoption votes on the budget and tax rate ordinances for September 28.

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Central Texas Philharmonic announces 2021-2022 season

First show this weekend in Georgetown 

The Central Texas Philharmonic begins its 2021-22 concert season Sunday at the Klett Performing Arts Center in Georgetown. 

The opening show, titled Reawakening, will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday. The program features two masterpieces of the symphonic repertoire: Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and up and coming piano super star Martin  Kesuma, performing Serge Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. 

Also on the program is American composer George Walker’s Lyric for Strings and Modest Mussorgsky’s “Dawn on the Moskva River” from his opera Khovantchina. 

Four other shows are set for the 2021-22 season, which runs through May. All performances are scheduled to be held at the Klett Center for the Performing Arts, 2211 North Austin Avenue, Georgetown. 

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Season schedule

September 26 - Reawakening Program, featuring Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and a performance of Serge Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

November 7 - Patriotic Pops Program in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Georgetown’s Field of Honor, celebrating U.S. veterans and active-duty military personnel. Complimentary tickets will be provided to veterans, active-duty military and their families.

December 12 - Holiday Program featuring works from Tchaikovsky’s, The Nutcracker, and other holiday classics. Dancers from Capital City Ballet will also preform. 

April 3, 2022 - Performance of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus in collaboration with the Penfold Theatre Company.

May 1, 2022 - Performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. The first half of the program will contextualize the symphony with excerpts from earlier Beethoven works and the music of his contemporaries.