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Williamson County COVID-19 Impact

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Public COVID-19 Testing Update

Williamson County through a partnership with Family Emergency Rooms is providing testing for COVID-19. For more information on a PCR (nasal swab test) and the Antibody Test, or to schedule a test appointment, please go to the following link: FHS Booking. The new scheduling process will allow you to select the time and testing location that best fits your needs, with no need to wait for a call back from a scheduler.

Testing is available for all. COVID-19 tests are currently covered by most insurance companies. Tests for Williamson County residents without insurance will be paid for by Williamson County.

El condado de Williamson a través de una asociación con Family Emergency Rooms está proporcionando pruebas para COVID-19. Para obtener más información sobre una PCR (prueba de frotis nasal) y la Prueba de anticuerpos, o para programar una cita de prueba, vaya al siguiente enlace: FHS Reserva. El nuevo proceso de programación le permitirá seleccionar la hora y el lugar de prueba que mejor se adapte a sus necesidades, sin necesidad de esperar una llamada de un planificador.

Las pruebas están disponibles para todos. Las pruebas COVID-19 están actualmente cubiertas por la mayoría de las compañías de seguros. Las pruebas para los residentes del condado de Williamson sin seguro serán pagadas por el condado de Williamson.

 
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. The risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Williamson County & Cities Health District is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation in coordination with the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and regional public health and healthcare agencies.

If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, help is available. Call the toll-free Texas Health and Human Services COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line at 833-986-1919 to speak with a mental health professional 24/7. 

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Public Information Act Catastrophe Notice

Please see the attached Catastrophe Notice and the attached Catastrphe Extension issued pursuant to Section 552.233, Texas Government Code, which provide for the temporary suspension of the applicability of the requirements of the Public Information Act. Please note that you may continue to submit your requests for information and we will continue to respond as promptly as possible given current circumstances.

 
Latest Information

Statement from County Judge Bill Gravell Regarding WilCo Moving to WCCHD Red Phase Nov. 19

19 November 2020

Statement from County Judge Bill Gravell Regarding WilCo Moving to WCCHD Red Phase Nov. 19

“The increasing transmission rate and movement into the WCCHD red phase is a great opportunity to remind people during this Thanksgiving season to wear a mask, wash hands frequently, and keep six feet of distance from others not in your household. While the number of cases has increased, other indicators, such as the hospitalization rate for our region, are below Governor Abbott’s threshold for adopting more stringent guidelines under Executive Order GA-32. Personal protective measures are the best way to keep ourselves and those we care about safe," said County Judge Bill Gravell.

For the Trauma Service Area (TSA) Hospital Data, click here.
​For WCCHD information on the color-coded phases : http://www.wcchd.org/covid-19/

Williamson County to Host Free COVID-19 Testing in Taylor

Williamson County to Host Free COVID-19 Testing in Taylor 12 November 2020

Williamson County to Host Free COVID-19 Testing in Taylor

Williamson County Office of Emergency Management in partnership with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) will be hosting free COVID-19 testing in November. Testing will be held November 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20. Testing will be conducted at the Williamson County Expo Center, 5350 Bill Pickett Trail, Taylor, Texas, 76574. It will begin at 9 a.m., and it will close by 2 p.m. or until supplies last. This is a drive-thru site that will not require an appointment prior to being tested. It is important to note that this is a cheek swab test, so people cannot eat, drink, or use tobacco products 20 minutes prior to the test. Residents should bring a cell phone for on-site registration. COVID-19 testing at this site is available for all Texans, whether they are Williamson County residents or not. 
  

Commissioners Approve Wilco Forward Phase III Service Agreement with Hill Country Community Ministries

Commissioners Approve Wilco Forward Phase III Service Agreement with Hill Country Community Ministries 10 November 2020

Commissioners Approve Wilco Forward Phase III Service Agreement with Hill Country Community Ministries

November 10, the Williamson County Commissioners Court approved an agreement with Hill Country Community Ministries to join three other non-profits in providing rent and utility assistance to residents in need due to COVID-19 through the Wilco Forward Phase III program. Terms of agreement were already in place between Williamson County and The Caring Place, The Salvation Army, and the Round Rock Serving Center. Hill Country Community Ministries will service Cedar Park, Leander, and all areas on the west side of Williamson County in coordination with the Salvation Army. 

Williamson County Partners with Williamson County and Cities Health District in Grant to Provide COVID-19 Assessments and Education at Care Facilities

29 October 2020

Williamson County Partners with Williamson County and Cities Health District in Grant to Provide COVID-19 Assessments and Education at Care Facilities

Throughout the pandemic response, one of Williamson County’s main goals has been to protect those most vulnerable in our community from the spread of COVID-19. As a continuing commitment to that goal, the Williamson County Commissioners Court approved an interlocal agreement with the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) to allow Williamson County EMS Community Health Paramedics (CHP) to work with them on grant-funded activities to conduct COVID-19 assessments and education at long-term care facilities. In exchange, Williamson County will receive $47,000 of the grant funds from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) grant for building local COVID-19 response capacity.

Williamson County Judge Gravell Opts-In to Open Bars Per Governor Abbott's Order

Williamson County Judge Gravell Opts-In to Open Bars Per Governor Abbott's Order 12 October 2020

Williamson County Judge Gravell Opts-In to Open Bars Per Governor Abbott's Order

Starting Wednesday, October 14, Williamson County bars and similar establishments may offer on-premises services at up to 50 percent of the total listed occupancy of the establishment while observing Governor Abbott’s minimum standard health protocols. View the minimum standard health protocols for bars or similar establishments here. On October 7, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order GA-32 to open bars and similar establishments in qualifying counties in Texas if the area does not have high hospitalizations and if the county judge signs an opt-in form to allow it. Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell signed and submitted his opt-in form to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commissioner on October 8, 2020, so that more Williamson County businesses can be open to serve the public.
 

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