Confirmed Case: A Williamson County resident with a positive laboratory diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Serological tests do not meet the Texas Department of State Health Services case definition for a Confirmed Case. 

Deceased: The number of confirmed cases who died because of their COVID-19 illness or complications thereof. The total number of deaths is reported and verified by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). DSHS is now using death certificates, instead of local health district reports, to count COVID-19 fatalities. DSHS fatality counts may be significantly lower than previously reported.

Additional Probable Case: A case that does NOT have a negative viral test AND meets one of the following criteria: 1) has clinical symptoms and an epidemiologic link (close contact with known case) 2) has a positive serological test and clinical or epidemiologic link 3) COVID-19 as cause of death or significant contributing factor.

Hospitalizations: WCCHD uses data reported by hospitals on the number of confirmed COVID-19 patients in the hospital, in the ICU, and on a Ventilator in the ICU. These patients may not all be residents of Williamson County. This more accurately represents the impact on Williamson County hospitals. The data source is the Capital Area Trauma Regional Advisory Council (CATRAC) WCCHD Bed Report, updated daily by 2 pm.

Available Beds and Ventilators: The percentage of hospital beds and ventilators that are available for those with COVID-19 illness. Available bed and ventilator percentages are calculated using the overall capacity of Williamson County hospitals, calculated by the Capital Area Trauma Regional Advisory Council (CATRAC). 

Phase: Green - Minimal Spread | Yellow - Moderate Spread | Orange - High Spread | Red - Uncontrolled Spread


On October 8, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-32 to reopen certain venues to 75% capacity and allow resumption of elective surgeries in certain counties. Counties that reside in Trauma Service Areas (TSAs) with high Covid-19 hospitalizations are excluded from these reopenings.

Per the GA-32, areas with high hospitalizations means any Trauma Service Area that has had seven consecutive days in which the number of covid-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity exceeds 15 percent, until such time as the Trauma Service Area has seven consecutive days in which the number of Covid-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity is 15 percent or less.

A county within a TSA that has high hospitalizations may still reopen up to 75% if the county meets attestation parameters established under GA-32.

GA-32 took effect on October 14, 2020