COVID-19 Dashboard Improvements Completed

March 1, 2021 - The Williamson County COVID-19 data dashboard will be updated today for the first time
since undergoing critical updates since Feb. 12.

Improvements were made to daily data imports from the Texas Health Trace system and other electronic
reporting methods. Case data from these imports were merged and analyzed for the past year. Increased
validation methods to improve accuracy were also implemented. Case data received since Feb. 12 is
reflected on the appropriate dates on the dashboard.

A new data indicator that shows the percentage of eligible Williamson County population that have
received one or both doses of COVID-19 vaccine has been added. The cases over time by individual city
graphs have been removed, and demographic case data such as gender, race, ethnicity, along with
estimated active and recovered cases have been removed due to data that cannot be verified for accuracy
and validity.

COVID-19 activity in February was down from January but is showing an increase after the winter storms
of mid-February. The incidence rate, or rate of new infections, has increased from 6.37 on Feb. 22 to 16.40
on Feb. 28. To move from Red (Uncontrolled Spread) to Orange (High Community Spread) phase, the
incidence rate needs to be below 12.7 for 14 consecutive days. In addition, the 7-day average positive test
rate increased by 89% from Feb. 22 to Feb. 28. There was a total of 74 deaths reported in February
compared to a total of 110 deaths in January.

WCCHD will continue to monitor the data over the coming weeks and will publicly announce any phase
changes. At this time, Williamson County remains in Red Phase, which includes the following
recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19:
  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Stay at least 6 feet from others who don’t live with you.
  • Avoid crowds. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.
Due to the lack of testing and a lag in data reporting during the week of Feb. 15 caused by impacts from
the winter storms and lack of power, the cases reported that week will be omitted from the gating criteria
used to determine the response phase.
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