The Williamson County Sun

The Numbers


Location Cases Deaths
Williamson 8,624 142
Bell 5,473 85
Travis/Austin 29,343 426
Texas 761,198 15,807
U.S. 7,150,165 205,091
U.S. recovered: 2,794,608

Sept 29 8:05 am

Wilco Status Report


County Breakout


Status
Total cases 8,818
  Confirmed cases  8,624
 Probable cases 194
Daily new cases 52
Deaths 142
Currently Hospitalized 5
Available hospital beds* 85%
Currently in ICU 0
Available ICU beds* 36%
Currently on ventilator 6
Available ventilators* 24%
Gender
Female 48.1%
Male 45.5%
Pending 6.3%

Cases by City

City C Δ
Georgetown 1,558 +17
Round Rock 2,665 +11
Hutto 563 +1
Cedar Park 859 +5
Leander 487 +2
Austin (in wilco) 571 +11
Other towns 1,081 NC
Age Group
Age C Δ
Under 5 121 NC
5 to 10 140 +1
11 to 13 113 NC
14 to 17 326 -1
18 to 30 2,427 +16
31 to 40 1,619 +8
41 to 50 1,501 +9
51 to 60 1,155 +11
61 to 70 562 +7
71 to 80 362 +4
81 and over 254 +2

  C=Confirmed Cases
  Δ=Change

*Available Hospital beds, ICU beds and ventilators includes all units in Williamson County.

Deaths by Age Group
Age  
18-50 7
51-60 17
61-70 23
71-80 43
81+ 52


Sept 29 8:16 am


*Data is collected from the Williamson County and Cities Health District. Health care facilities in the county report COVID-19 case information to the health district. A spokesperson said the health district does not always get complete information for all of the cases as some data is reported via a test result and staff does not speak to the person to get full details. This is why broken down information might not always add up to the overall totals.

Sources: Williamson Co. Health Dept.


County in step with new occupancy orders                                         

By BRAD STUTZMAN

In keeping with Gov. Greg Abbott’s Sept. 17 executive order expanding the opening of certain businesses to 75% capacity, Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell is following suit with a similar declaration for unincorporated parts of Wilco.

Judge Gravell’s Aug. 13 order remains in place, allowing outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people, provided those gatherings don’t conflict with the governor’s orders.

In the governor’s order, for example, restaurants, sports venues, swimming pools, water parks, museums, libraries and zoos can operate at 75% capacity — up from the 50% maximum the governor established with his June 26 executive order.

There is no occupancy limit for schools, government offices, houses of worship or child-care facilities.

The mask mandate requiring Texans to wear a face covering when in public is still in place.

“Williamson County residents have shown that they can practice public health mitigation measures, reducing the spread of COVID-19, and be able to safely gather outdoors,” Judge Gravell said. “Our daily new case levels are declining, indicating that safety measures such as wearing face coverings and washing our hands are working. We must continue those precautions so that we can continue to reopen Texas.”

Sept 25


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A bronze statue depects a girl floating out of a wheelchair.

The 8-foot bronze of Gracie was designed in Denver, cast in Utah and finally installed in Georgetown. 


BiG unveils memorial statue of Gracie Kiltz


BY KATE THURMOND


Brookwood in Georgetown (BiG) has installed a bronze statue in honor of Gracie Kiltz, the daughter of founder Erin Kiltz. Gracie, 26, passed away two years ago. 

The work of art was 18 months in the making and traveled a great distance before making its home in front of the newly opened Amazing Grace building. The idea came to Ms. Kiltz after she was inspired by another statue she saw almost 10 years ago. 

“It just touched me,” she said. ”I just remember thinking that's how I pictured Gracie’s departure. Just freed from a wheelchair. I remembered that almost immediately when we started to think about commissioning an art piece in honor of Gracie’s life.”

Read more in the September 27 Sun.


Salute to vets Salute to vets


League of Women Voters and the Sun sponsor forums


By KATHERINE ANTHONY

 

Be an informed voter!

 

Get to know the candidates for Georgetown City Council, mayor, and GISD Board of Trustees in upcoming forums co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters-Wilco and The Sun.

 

The forums will be conducted via webinar, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84025300558. Attendees are limited to 100 per forum and are asked to connect five minutes before each session.

 

City of Georgetown

District 2 — Shawn Hood, Lisa King, and Jason Wirth.

District 6 — Rachael Jonrowe and Michael Walton.

Mayor — Larry Brundridge, Jonathan Dade, and Josh Schroeder.

 

Georgetown ISD Trustee

Place 4 — Dave Phillips, Stephanie Blanck, and Francis Jackson.

Place 5 — Melanie Dunham and Eric Robinson.

 

Forum schedule:

City Council and Mayor — Saturday, Oct. 3

• 1:00-2:15 p.m. City Council District 2

• 2:30-3:45 p.m. City Council District 6

• 4:00-5:30 p.m. Mayoral

 

Georgetown ISD Board of Trustees — Thursday, Oct. 8

• 6:30-8:30 p.m.

 

Important election dates:

• Voter registration deadline – Oct. 5

• Early in-person voting – Oct. 13-30

 

Voters may cast ballots at any early voting location in Williamson County.

• Request vote-by-mail ballot deadline – Oct. 23

• Vote by mail ballot due – Nov. 3

• Election Day - Tuesday, Nov. 3

 

Voters may cast ballots at any vote center location in Williamson County.

 

Find information about voting locations, dates, and times at www.wilco.org/elections.

 

Sept 25


County to offer 19 Early Voting locations

Williamson County residents will have ample opportunity to vote — and 19 polling places to choose from — when the 18-day Early Voting period starts on Tuesday, Oct. 13.

 

Early Voting runs from Oct. 13 to Oct. 30. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, except for the two Sundays of Early Voting, when they’ll be open 1-6 p.m.

 

Any registered Williamson County voter can vote at any Early Voting location. The same holds true for Election Day, when even more polling places will be available.

 

Voting Locations: 

• Williamson County’s Georgetown Annex — 100 Wilco Way

• The Worship Place — 811 Sun City Blvd., Georgetown

• Georgetown ISD Technology Building — 603 Lakeway Drive

• Georgetown Randalls — 5721 Williams Drive

• Georgetown Parks and Recreation Administration Building — 1101 N. College St.

• Anderson Mill Limited District — 11500 El Salido Parkway, Austin

• Raymond Hartfield Performing Arts Center — 5800 McNeil Drive, Austin

• Spicewood Springs Library — 8637 Spicewood Spring Road, Austin

• Cedar Park Public Library — 550 Discovery Blvd.

• Cedar Park Randalls — 1400 Cypress Creek Road

• Williamson County Hutto Annex — 321 Ed Schmidt Boulevard, Suite 100

• Jarrell ISD Administration Building —108 E. Avenue F

• Pat Bryson Municipal Hall — 201 N. Brushy St., Leander

• Liberty Hill Municipal Court — 2801 RR 1869

• Baca Senior Center — 301 W. Bagdad St., Building 2, Round Rock

• Round Rock Randalls — 2051 Gattis School Road

• Brushy Creek  Community Center — 16318 Great Oaks Drive

• Williamson County Jester Annex — 1801 E. Old Settlers Blvd.

• Taylor City Hall — 400 Porter St.

 

— Brad Stutzman

 

Sept 11 2:30 pm


Curbside service for voter registration

 

By KATHERINE ANTHONY

 

The League of Women Voters-Wilco will hold two “curbside” voter registration events that allow people to register while staying in their cars.

 

The events are scheduled for:

• Friday, Sept.18, 5-7 p.m. at Igo Elementary, 1601 C.R. 314, Jarrell

• Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at San Gabriel Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1322 E. University Ave., Georgetown

 

“Empowering voters is a tenet of the LWV at all levels — national, state and local,” Chris Spano, LWV-Wilco president said. “In a democracy, our vote is our voice, and the first step in voting is to get registered.”

 

Ms. Spano said the current pandemic has driven people inside, and they may pass this year on getting registered to vote.

The curbside events, she said, are designed for safety.

 

“We will be socially-distanced and workers will be masked. Just drive up and we’ll give you a registration card that you can fill out in your car and hand back.”

 

Ms. Spano said trained and certified Volunteer Deputy Registrars will conduct the registrations.

 

To be eligible to register to vote, you must be:

• A United States citizen

• A resident of the county where the application is submitted

• At least 17 years and 10 months of age

• Not be a convicted felon (unless you have completed your sentence including any incarceration, probation, or parole)

• You must not have been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

 

 The deadline to register to vote in the November election is Oct. 5.

 

   

Local candidate interviews


Interviews with local candidates - Coming soon!


RoundAbout


Event Changes, status updates, and online entertainiment options.


Coronavirus testing

 

Wilco residents can go to wilco.org/coronavirus to schedule a drive-thru test at one of the testing locations. Individuals must first fill out an online assessment and then wait for a call from the facility within 48 hours to schedule an appointment.

 

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Upcoming Public meetings

• Georgetown school board:

regular session,

7 p.m. Monday,

Hammerlun Center,

East University Ave.

Watch at georgetownisd.org

 

• Commissioners Court:

regular weekly session,

9:30 a.m. Tuesday,

county courthouse,

710 S. Main St.

Watch at wilco.org

 

• City Council:

Tuesday,

519 W. Ninth St.,

3 p.m. workshop and

6 p.m. meeting,

second and fourth Tuesday.

Watch at georgetown.org/gtv