The Williamson County Sun

Covid-19 Numbers


Location Cases Deaths
Williamson 44,322 461
Bell 21,914 407
Travis 80,909 835
Texas 2,843,929 49,441
U.S. 31,497,006 565,298

April 16 | 8:00 am

 

Wilco Status Report


County Breakout

Status
Total cases 44,322
  Confirmed cases  38,019
 Additional Probable cases 6,303
New confirmed cases 39
Deaths 461
Fullly Vaccinated 27.95%
  Vaccinated one dose 44.01%
Hospital beds available 777
% hospital beds avail. 18%
ICU beds available 76
% ICU beds avail. 15%
GA-32 Total TSA % 4.04%
Phase (High spread) Orange
  • To move from Orange (High Community Spread) to Yellow (Moderate Community Spread) phase:
  • • the incidence rate needs to be below 7.0 for 14 consecutive days. 
  • • The positive test rate needs to be below 10% for 14 consecutive days.
  • • The GA-32 Total TSA rate for Region O needs to be decreasing for 14 consecutive days.
  • WCCHD strongly encourages social and physical distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands, since community transmission of COVID-19 is still high.

 

Cases by City

City C Δ
Georgetown 8,113 +10
Round Rock 10,268 +11
Hutto 2,806 +3
Cedar Park 2,856 +2
Leander 3,225 +3
Austin (in wilco) 3,642 +5
Other towns 5,110 +3
Age Group
Age C Δ
Under 5 737 +1
5 to 10 1,472 --
11 to 13 1,024 +1
14 to 17 1,935 +3
18 to 30 8,946 +10
31 to 40 6,760 +6
41 to 50 6,521 +1
51 to 60 4,977 +7
61 to 70 2,849 +3
71 to 80 1,671 +2
81 and over 1,127 +3

  C=Confirmed Cases
  Δ=Change

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

Deaths by Age Group
Age Total Δ
18-50 19 --
51-60 48 --
61-70 70 --
71-80 122 --
81+ 202 --

 

April 16 | 8:00 am

Definitions

Sources: Williamson Co. Health Dept.


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.


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


 


The Guide to Georgetown

The Guide to Georgetown


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A woman sits at a desk.

Vivian Wood at her desk, most likely in the 1980s. The longtime treasurer for Williamson County and executive director of the Chamber of Commerce passed away on Wednesday. Sun Archive

 

 

Vivian Wood, shaper of Georgetown
and Williamson County growth, dies

 

Vivian Wood, 77, a guiding force throughout 45 years of growth in Georgetown and Williamson County — from 1970 through 2014 — died Wednesday, April 14. The cause of death has not yet been released but her health had declined recently because of Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

Ms. Wood’s survivors include her husband, Leo, their three sons — Eric, John and Owen — and two grandchildren.

 

A visitation will be held Wednesday, April 21, at 6 p.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown; services will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 22. All are invited.

 

Masks are encouraged for those who attend in person. A live stream link will be available on the Ramsey website at ramseyfuneral.com.

 

Ms. Wood will be laid to rest after the Georgetown service at Llano City Cemetery. She was born in San Saba and went to high school in Llano. 

 

“Vivian Wood was a Texas gal through and through. She loved a good joke or story, horses, rodeos, saddles and two-stepping,” said Deborah Hunt, former county tax assessor/collector.

 

“She left her mark all over this great state, and she will be missed by many she touched.”

 

Ms. Wood began her career in Georgetown as executive director of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce from 1970 to 1987. She and Leo, who became Georgetown’s city manager in 1969, and stayed in that position through 1985, saw the city through one long boom, a bust, and then another long boom.

 

In the 1990s Leo Wood was elected to two terms as mayor of Georgetown; meanwhile, Vivian Wood was elected Williamson County treasurer in November 1994. She retired 20 years later, almost to the day of being sworn in in January 1995.

 

The county treasurer serves as the county government’s banker, taking care of hundreds of millions of dollars annually, in deposits, withdrawals and investments. Treasurer Wood modernized the office as the county’s budget ballooned, responding to Wilco’s explosive growth during those years.
She won plaudits and honors from her peers — in 2004 she was chosen Outstanding Texas County Treasurer — and was elected five times. In 2014, Ms. Wood was made a life member of the County Treasurers’ Association of Texas, an honor she felt deeply.

 

Between them, Vivian and Leo Wood were responsible for managing much of Georgetown’s and Williamson County’s growth, when the county’s population nearly doubled with every decade.

 

“Towns can grow or towns can die,” Wood told a reporter in 2014. “You have to have people that are forward thinking and carry through.”

 

That could have been her motto.

 

“Williamson County has lost a faithful servant,” Williamson County Auditor Jerri Jones said.

 

— Christopher De Los Santos Brad Stutzman, Linda Scarbrough


Candidates and issues in May 1 election

Georgetown City Council
District 1

 

District 5
Mary Calixtro

Mary Calixtro (incumbent)

Amanda Parr

Amanda Parr

 

Kevin Pitts

Kevin Pitts (incumbent)

Jason Norwood

Jason Norwood

 

Georgetown ISD Board of Trustees
Place 6

 

Place 7
Tim Carr

Tim Carr

Jen Mauldin

Jen Mauldin

 

Stephen Benold

Stephen Benold

Jeff Siegismund

Jeff Siegismund

Ben Stewart

Ben Stewart (incumbent)

 

Important Dates:

Last day to register to vote: Thursday, April 1
Last day to apply for Ballot-by-Mail: Tuesday, April 20

 

Early voting
Monday - Saturday, April 19 - 24,  7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, April  26, 27,  7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Election Day
Saturday, May 1
Main Early Voting and Limited Ballot Location:
•  Georgetown: Georgetown Inner Loop Annex,
301 SE Inner Loop
Branch Locations:
•  Georgetown: Cowan Creek Amenity Center,
1433 Cool Spring Way
•  Georgetown: Georgetown ISD Technology Building,
603 Lakeway Drive
•  Jarrell: Jarrell ISD Administration,
108 East Avenue F


$90 Million Mobility Bond

Proposition A: $90,000,000

 

The issuance of $90 million in bonds by the City of Georgetown for streets, roads, bridges, and intersections, including SE Inner Loop, Shell Road, Williams Drive, DB Wood Road, Leander Road, Austin Avenue bridges, Rockride Lane, and Westinghouse Road. Included in the bond is $10.4 for sidewalks, a bicycle trail, intersection and transportation technologies. The city projects that the property tax rate will rise about three cents if the bonds pass.


Jarrell ISD Bond:  $113,370,000 

Proposition A: $111,625,000

 

A new elementary school  —  Expansion of the middle school and high school — Expansion of the district transportation facility — Technology infrastructure upgrades — Safety and security, including security cameras, access control and exterior lighting — Buses — Land for future school sites and design for future facilities — Athletic improvements at the high school to include baseball and softball turf, covered batting cages, tennis court lighting, and 4 additional tennis courts — Renovations to preserve the 1916 historic building for district use.

 

Proposition B: $1,745,000 Expansion and improvements to the stadium including: Additional visitor seating (995 seats) — Added visitor restrooms — Sidewalks for access to seating and restrooms — Improvements for accessibility and ADA compliance.

 


Waitlist shut down

County changes process
as nearly
200K get vaccines


BY CHRISTOPHER DE LOS SANTOS

 

Williamson County ceased accepting names for its Covid-19 waitlist Friday.Instead, people waiting to be vaccinated will make arrangements with their chosen providers.


The rules of the game are changing because of the county’s success in getting shots in arms.

 

More than 193,000 Williamson County residents have received a Covid vaccination, as of this week, the Texas Department of State Health Services Covid Vaccination website showed. Approximately 42 percent of residents 16 and older have received at least one dose, as have 72 percent of those 65 and older.

 

Read more

April 16 | 3:30 pm

   


Library offers
grab-and-go service

The Georgetown Public Library reopened its doors to the public.

The library’s hours of operation are now

Monday–Friday: 

• 10 a.m.–noon. Curbside pickup of reserved materials only — no building access.

• 2–6 p.m. Grab & go service inside the building only — no curbside pickup

Saturday:

• 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Grab & go service inside the building — no curbside pickup.

Sunday:

• Closed.

 

For more information, visit library.georgetown.org or call 512-930-3551.


Lake Georgetown drop triggers Stage 1 Drought Watch

Water storage at Lake Georgetown has fallen to 67 percent of the lake’s full capacity, says the Brazos River Authority this week.

 

Going into the summer months, the City of Georgetown’s water department reminds users to adhere to the two days per week watering schedule that is in effect all year around for irrigation systems and hose-end sprinklers. The policy doesn’t apply to hand-held hose or bucket watering or to outdoor uses like car washing for filling swimming pools. 


Since Mondays are recovery days for the water system, no watering is permitted that day. 


 

Address ends in:

May water
these days:

1, 5, 9

Tuesday and/or Friday

2, 4, 6, 8

Wednesday and/or Saturday

0, 3, 7

Thursday and/or Sunday