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Commissioner Cook's Update On COVID-19 Cases In Wilco

This post will not be updated until the state of Texas reports data accurately and consistently.

  • 21 mayo 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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The total number of deaths are now reported and verified by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). DSHS is now using death certificates, instead of local health district reports, to count COVID-19 fatalities. DSHS fatality counts may be significantly lower than previously reported. [read more]  Demograohic death data can be found on the DSHS COVID-19 case dashboard.

Until data backlogs and other reporting problems involving COVID-19 data are resolved in this state, Commissioner Cook asks that you log onto the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) COVID-19 dashboard to get an idea of some of that information in the county at http://www.wcchd.org/COVID-19/dashboard.php .

Commissioner Cook regrets the loss of lives to COVID-19 in Wilco and offers her deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of these victims.

She urges the public to remain safe by wearing masks in public places, socially distancing, washing your hands thoroughly as needed, and if you're in the higher risk category, staying home if you can.

Information can also be found at Wilco's COVID-19 webpage https://www.wilco.org/coronavirus.

Commissioner Cook encourages Wilco residents to vote in the General Election

The General Election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, and early voting times and locations are listed below.

  • 13 agosto 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Wilco residents may vote at any voting location in Williamson County, and early voting will be conducted at these full-time locations:

Main Location: Williamson County Inner Loop Annex, 301 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown

Branch Locations:

Anderson Mill Limited District, 11500 El Salido Parkway,

Austin RE Hartfield Performing Arts Center, 5800 McNeil Drive,

Austin Spicewood Springs Library, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd,

Austin Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Boulevard, Cedar Park Cedar Park Randalls, 1400 Cypress Creek Road,

Cedar Park Georgetown ISD Technology and Nutrition Bldg., 603 Lakeway Drive, Georgetown

Georgetown Randalls, 5721 Williams Drive, Georgetown Mesquite Room at the Oaks, 301 Del Webb Blvd.,

Georgetown Parks & Recreation Administration Building, 1101 North College Street,

Georgetown Hutto City Hall, 401 W Front Street,

Hutto Jarrell ISD Annex (former cafeteria), 508 N 5th Street,

Jarrell Liberty Hill Municipal Court, 2801 RR 1869,

Liberty Hill Pat Bryson Municipal Hall, 201 N Brushy Street,

Leander BACA Senior Center, 301 West Bagdad Street, Building 2,

Round Rock Round Rock Randalls, 2051 Gattis School Road,

Round Rock Brushy Creek Community Center, 16318 Great Oaks Drive,

Round Rock J.B. and Hallie Jester Annex, 1801 East Old Settlers Boulevard, Round Rock

Taylor City Hall, 400 Porter Street, Taylor

Wilco Commissioners Vote on Proposed Maximum Tax Rate And Recommended Budget

Press Release from Wilco's Public Information Office

  • 5 agosto 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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August 5, 2020 (Williamson County, Texas) – On Tuesday, August 4, the Williamson County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a proposed maximum total tax rate not to exceed $0.458719. This is the same as the county’s current total tax rate.  The proposed maximum total tax rate is comprised of the General Fund, Road and Bridge Fund, and Debt Service Fund tax rates. A public hearing will be held on August 25, at 10:15 a.m., to allow county residents to express their opinions before the final tax rate for tax year 2020 is adopted.  

The Commissioners Court also unanimously accepted the recommended budgets for the three funds. The recommended FY21 General Fund budget is $218,940,100, a decrease of approximately 1%. The recommended FY 21 Road and Bridge Fund budget is $44,576,568, a decrease of approximately 1.06%. The recommended FY 21 Debt Service Fund budget is $126,845,915 and includes $25 million for debt defeasance to pay down debt early.  

Commissioner Cook Announces Wilco Fair and Rodeo Inaugural Date Moved

Information from the Williamson County Public Information Office

  • 29 julio 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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On July 28, 2020, the Williamson County Fair Association announced the rescheduling of the Inaugural Williamson County Fair and Rodeo from Oct. 22-24, 2020 to Oct. 21-23, 2021.

Scott Heselmeyer, president of the association, along with the board of directors, said they made this decision as a responsible course of action for the community, volunteers and sponsors. However, the association will continue planing a youth livestock show and a scholarship program for the fall. More details on these programs will be released in the future. 

Health District Guides Wilco Through Pandemic

Oped by Commissioner Cook

  • 16 julio 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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WCCHD nurses Kaitlin Murphee (lf) in the clinical services division and Lori Eitelbach (rt) with the Tuberculosis program prepare supplies for COVID-19 testing at the Williamson County and Cities Health District in April.

No one imagined in 1943 when the Williamson County Health Department was established that it later would become a health district, and one day be at the forefront of preserving our public health against a worldwide pandemic.

In 1989, under the Texas Local Public Health Reorganization Act, the county and the cities of Round Rock, Cedar Park, Georgetown and Taylor established the Williamson County and Cities Health District through a cooperative agreement.

The agreement was revised and re-adopted in 1992 and again in 2007, when Liberty Hill and Hutto joined WCCHD. In 2013, Leander enlisted. Any incorporated city in the county with a population over 15,000 may apply to join the health district.

The Williamson County Board of Health, as the administrative authority for the health district, sets policies to promote and preserve public health and safety. The Williamson County Commissioners Court appoints two directors, while each participating city appoints one board member.   

WCCHD Executive Director Derrick Neal said the health district allows each participating city to customize its own services to better meet the needs of its residents, especially with COVID-19’s challenges.

Of WCCHD’s 92 full-time employees and eight contractors, roughly 70 perform COVID-related work. WCCHD’s 58 investigators include 41 epidemiologists, nurses, surge volunteers and staff, six contact tracers and 11 call center volunteers.

There are three types of investigations. An epidemiological investigation occurs when individual cases of possible COVID illness or exposure are reported to the health district. A WCCHD staff member then calls those individuals and interviews them about their symptoms, where they’ve been and their close contacts over a specific time.

Contact tracing team members call the person’s contacts identified during the epi investigation informing them they probably were exposed to a COVID-19 case and should stay home for 14 days.

WCCHD recently transitioned to state contact tracing, which will provide additional resources with the tremendous growth in new cases.

For clusters—sites with two or more positive cases—public health staff conduct on-site assessments, offer education, consulting and other services. One or more cases at a long-term care facility, such as a nursing home, is considered a cluster.  Wilco EMS and firefighters investigate these clusters and establish safety controls through isolation and testing everyone.

WCCHD also has run a public testing drive-through at a Georgetown middle school that offered at least 60 tests every weekday from April 30 until it closes July 17. Seven WCCHD staff, seven volunteers, five Georgetown Fire Department firefighters and one Weir firefighter tested people through their car windows as they drove up.

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