The Williamson County and Cities Health District is urging more residents to get tested for coronavirus.
“The positivity rate is still pretty high which means the virus is pretty rampant,” said Derrick Neal, the director of the Williamson County and Cities Health District on Monday.
The rolling seven-day average positivity rate for the county on Monday was 11.4%.
The Center for Disease Control defines hot spots as areas with a positivity test rate of 5% or higher.
The county had 66 new confirmed coronavirus cases since Friday, bringing the total number of known cases to 7,747. The total number of cases includes 113 deaths and 7,262 estimated recoveries as of Monday. There were 76 people in the hospital in the county on Monday including 26 people in intensive care.
There were 56,383 tests performed in the county as of Sunday which is 9.6% of the county’s population.
“Daily new cases continue to decline, but so does testing. Only 297 new tests were reported in the past 24 hours, less than a third of our average of around 900 tests per day,” a health district report said on Monday.
“The decrease in testing is a troubling indicator that reduces our ability to understand disease transmission in the county. Given the fairly steady rate of positive tests, the decrease in cases can mostly be attributed to less testing and not to a decline in disease in the community.”
Williamson County has been reporting between 59 and 110 tests per 100,000 people per day, said Neal.
The statewide average is 198 tests per 100,000 daily, he said.
The number of tests needed to mitigate coronavirus is 404 tests per 100,000 people daily, and 1,487 tests per 100,000 people per day are needed to suppress the virus, according to a Harvard Global Health Institute study, said Neal.
Williamson County residents can get tests at the health district’s testing site in Round Rock. If interested in testing residents need to fill out a form at wcchd.org/COVID-19/testing.php.
Family Emergency Room is also offering coronavirus testing at its locations in Williamson County. To apply for testing visit familyhospitalsystems.com/covid-19/.
Neal said he also recommends that people with health insurance get their coronavirus tests from their primary care doctors. The county gave the health district $1 million in CARES Act money to deal with the effects of coronavirus but the money is running out, he said.
For more information on coronavirus cases in Williamson County visit wcchd.org/COVID-19/dashboard.php
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