Williamson County Enters Red Phase of COVID-19 Transmission

November 19, 2020 – Based on WCCHD gating criteria, Williamson County has met requirements to move from orange to red phase which indicates uncontrolled community COVID-19 transmission. The key indicators for phase changes, including the 7-day rolling average of hospitalizations and new cases, are all trending upward. The rolling 7-day average for incidence rate (rate of new reported infections) has increased from 10.76 to 13.08 per 100,000 residents over the past seven days.  

The risk-based guidelines set out four distinct stages of risk, from the lowest threat, Green/Minimal Community Spread, through the most serious, Red/Uncontrolled Community Spread, along with recommended behaviors for each stage.  

The guidelines are suggested for planning but are not requirements and are not changes to local Orders and Rules or regulations for businesses; they are guidelines for individual actions and behaviors based on various risk levels. The risk level recommendations are different for those who are at higher risk for severe complications and death from COVID-19.  

It is imperative at this time that we have an all-hands-on-deck approach to strictly enforce any mitigation measures permitted under Governor Abbott's Orders, including capacity limitations, mask and distancing enforcement, and isolation/quarantine procedures,” said Dr. Lori Palazzo, Williamson County Health Authority and WCCHD Medical Director.  It will take all of us collectively to slow transmission enough to prevent our healthcare capacity from being exceeded. The threat has never been greater. Immediate action has never been more necessary. 

WCCHD reminds the public to continue to be vigilant and practice good hygiene, physical and social distancing, and wear face coverings to prevent the disease from spreading and help keep each other safe. Avoiding gatherings outside of your household is especially important this holiday season. COVID-19 holiday safety recommendations can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html. 

For more information on COVID-19 please visit www.wcchd.org/COVID-19