Effective May 28, all three indicators will have been met for Williamson County to move to the WCCHD Yellow Phase of COVID-19 transmission for the first time since Nov. 4, 2020. The COVID-19 Phased Gating Stages mitigation recommendations were updated on May 17 to reflect the recent changes to the CDC Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.

All three indicators needed to be met to move to Yellow Phase:

  1. the incidence rate has been below 7.0 for 14 consecutive days.
  2. the positive test percentage has been below 10% for 14 consecutive days.
  3. the COVID hospitalization rate for TSA Region O has been below 15% since Jan. 23.

The color-based Phase Guidelines are not changes to local rules or regulations for businesses; they are guidelines for individual actions and behaviors based on levels of risk of exposure in the community. It is important to note that everyone should continue to follow any additional requirements of local businesses, venues, and schools regardless of vaccination status or stage. The recommendations for partially or unvaccinated individuals have not changed. Additionally, residents are reminded that wearing a mask, even when fully vaccinated, is an effective tool to reduce spread of many respiratory illnesses. 

“Our collective vaccination efforts are working, and we thank the Williamson County community for making great progress in getting vaccinated and reducing the spread of COVID-19,” said Derrick Neal, WCCHD Executive Director. “We encourage all those who are eligible, including those 12 years and older, to take advantage of the opportunity to get vaccinated now so they can head into summer safely.”

The COVID-19 dashboard will reflect the Yellow Phase update on May 28. Future dashboard data updates will be scaled-back to once per week on Mondays, starting June 1 (due to the holiday). We thank our epidemiology and data entry staff who have worked tirelessly over the past year to keep our community informed.

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