New cases of COVID-19 in Williamson County appear to be ramping down.
As of Monday, March 22, the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) reports there have been a total of 36,724 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the county during the pandemic. The county’s overall tally rose by 180 cases in four days.
According to the WCCHD, 10.6% of county residents are fully vaccinated, up 0.06% from March 18. Approximately 27.4% have received the first dose.
If needed, more hospital space is available for people with COVID-19 since more patients have recovered. The health district reports that 870 beds or 21% of beds for people with COVID-19 are vacant, up from 773 beds and 19% last week. With 98 beds available to intensive care unit patients with COVID-19, 20% of pertinent ICU beds are available.
Deaths in the county reportedly linked to the disease are at 438, up eight from March 18’s update.
Not all new confirmed cases may be active with residents that are currently sick. Confirmed cases include all cases during the pandemic – active, recoveries and deaths. Within a random three-day span, Jan. 25-28, active cases went up 176 cases while overall confirmed cases went up by 1,096. However, the ongoing ratio between the two statistics is inconsistent due to many variables such as delays and adjustments in lab reports. The WCCHD has also amended its reporting methods over time.
For more local stats on COVID-19, visit http://www.wcchd.org/COVID-19/dashboard.php.
County in orange phase
On March 18, WCCHD announced that Williamson County had moved from the red phase into the orange phase for the first time since November last year.
WCCHD uses phases to classify the level of community spread of COVID-19 in the county. The red phase meant health officials considered there to be an uncontrolled spread of the virus, while the orange phase indicates there still might be a high spread.
Case and hospitalization rates had been on the decline for at least a couple of weeks. Criteria to lower phases require certain statistic drops over two weeks.
“The incidence trend has declined over previous 14 days in red phase, with no rebound,” said WCCHD on its online dashboard Thursday. “The incidence rate has been below 12.7 for 14 consecutive days. The positive test rate has been below 15% for 14 consecutive days.”
Hospital usage from Trauma Service Area O, which includes Williamson County, is currently at 5.04% and also decreased for 14 days.
“WCCHD strongly encourages social and physical distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands,” added the health district, “since community transmission of COVID-19 is still high.”
Taylor’s phased reopening plan for parks, facilities and more shares the same color charting and is mostly guided by WCCHD’s phases. The four phases also include yellow and green, which are defined as moderate and minimal community spread, respectively. Taylor moved into the orange phase Thursday.
For more information on the health district’s phases, visit http://www.wcchd.org/covid-19.