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Williamson County COVID-19 Impact

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Public COVID-19 Testing Update

Are you experiencing symptoms of COVID-19? Click the Start Here button below to use this online assessment to pre-register for FREE testing for you or a loved one. Schedule a no-cost, drive-through COVID-19 test.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms including shortness of breath, chest pain, confusion, feeling faint, etc. please call 911.

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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.

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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.

 
More Information

For non-emergency questions, please call the Williamson County COVID-19 information center: 512-943-1600. It is currently operating daily, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. or email [email protected]

For emergencies, please call 9-1-1.

 
Latest Information

Williamson County Orders Residents to Stay Safe, Stay Home

  • 24 March 2020
  • Author: Lauren Gammon
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Williamson County Orders Residents to Stay Safe, Stay Home

In a proactive effort to reduce the number of new COVID-19 cases in Williamson County and in Central Texas, County Judge Bill Gravell has issued a Stay Home Stay Safe Order for all individuals in Williamson County. This Order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020 and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on April 13, 2020, subject to the limited exceptions. The Stay Home Stay Safe order was amended to match Governor Abbott's orders and was extended through April 30, 2020. The directives are intended to help control the spread of the coronavirus by keeping people isolated at home.directives are intended to help control the spread of the coronavirus by keeping people isolated at home. For details on the extended Stay Home Stay Safe order, click here.

“We know that a virus knows no boundaries, so our Williamson County cities have come together and are united in this fight. We are joining our neighboring counties to show that we stand together to provide safety in the region,” said Judge Bill Gravell.

Exceptions include performing essential activities, such as purchasing food, and going to and from essential businesses and essential government services or perform construction, including housing.

All non-essential businesses are ordered to close under these directives, leaving only hospitals, fire departments, law enforcement and limited essential businesses including grocery stores and pharmacies open.

Essential activities and essential businesses during this order include but are not limited to: 

  • Tasks that are essential to maintain health and safety, such as going to the hospital, obtaining medicine from pharmacies, clinics, veterinary offices and other healthcare service facilities
  • Getting necessary supplies for you, your family or household members, such as groceries, pet food, food bank, farmers’ markets, convenience stores, carry-out or delivery restaurants, and other essentials for staying at home
  • Getting to work for essential businesses or services, including roles needed to maintain basic operations such as security, payroll, and similar activities
  • Engaging in outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking or running—just as long as you maintain at least 6 feet of physical distancing
  • Caring for a family member in another household, and caring for elderly people, minors, dependents, people with disabilities or other vulnerable persons
  • Childcare facilities providing services that enable essential employees to continue functioning
  • Gas stations and auto repair facilities
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Critical infrastructure including energy, water, solid waste collection and other governmental services
  • Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians, and other service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other essential businesses
  • Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning
  • Businesses that provide social services and necessities of life for economically disadvantaged individuals and shelter facilities

For details on included essential businesses and essential activities, please see the Stay Home Stay Safe Order here.

With this order in place, the goal is to prevent exceeding hospital capacity and to avoid overwhelming the health care system by flattening the curve and reducing the spread of the coronavirus.

To ensure the health and safety of all our residents, County Judge Bill Gravell issued a disaster declaration on March 14 to activate the emergency management plan, which allowed the County to allocate resources, utilize personnel and enact procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Williamson County. It also allows for state assistance to be requested if local resources and mutual aid are insufficient. Under the local disaster declaration, the County Judge is given the authority to exercise any and all necessary powers set out under the Texas Disaster Act of Texas Government Code Chapter 418.

If you have symptoms of respiratory illness including cough, fever and shortness of breath, please contact your health care provider. It is important to call ahead before arriving at a clinic, urgent care or emergency department to avoid potential spread. For more information, visit www.wcchd.org/COVID-19 or www.wilco.org/COVID-19.

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