Update: Apr 1 7:55 am

Tx, US case numbers

The Williamson County Sun

The Numbers

Location   Cases Deaths
Williamson  42 to 50     1
Bell      44     1
Travis/Austin      244     2
Texas    3,925   58
U.S. 189,633  4,081
Number recovered: U.S. 7,136

Apr 1 7:55 am

Sources: Wm. Bell, Travis county health depts., John Hopkins University.

County Breakout

Updates show change from previous day.
City   Cases
Georgetown 9 no change
Round Rock 12 to 13
Cedar Park 7 to 8
Leander 6 to 7
Austin (In Wilco) 6 to 9
Hutto 1 to 4
Other towns 0
Female 28
Male 22
Age Group*
1 to 17 1
18 to 40 13
41 to 60 16 to 41
Over 60 12
Recovered 7 to 12
Deaths 1   
Ever Hospitalized 9 to 11
  Spent time in ICU 3 to 4
Not Hospitalized** 28 to 34

March 31 10:02 pm

Sources: Williamson Co. Health Dept.
* Age is unknown for 3 cases
** Hospital status of one case unknown.

Shelter-in-Place Order

       [see full order here]

• The Williamson County order replaces the previous ban on gatherings of more than 10 people issued Mar. 18.

• Order starts: Mar. 24  
   Ends: April 13

• Purpose: To ensure that people self-isolate at home to the maximum extent possible while allowing essential services to continue as needed. People who must leave home for essential services are asked to maintain Social Distance Requirements.

Essential Activities:
  - Activities like medical visits, etc., that are necessary to health and safety of persons or family members. The exemption does not include elective medical, surgical or dental procedures. It does include veterinary care. The exemption is broadly defined to avoid impacts on health care.
  - You may shop for necessary supplies and services or deliver those to others.
  - Pursue outdoor activities such as walking, hiking or running as long as you maintain social distance. This does not include gyms and fitness centers.
 - Work to provide essential products and services at an essential business.
  - You may leave home to provide work necessary to the operation of critical infrastructure such as public works, water, sewer, airport operations, trash pickpu, etc.
  - Essential businesses and services must strive to observe social distance of 6 feet between people.

Essential businesses and services:
   Healthcare operations, essential infrastructure and government functions, grocery stores, certified farmers' markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores.
  Also, retailers of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, pet supplies, fresh meats, fish and poultry, household products necessary to maintaining safe and sanitary homes.
  Also food cultivation, farming, livestock, fishing and garden centers;
  Also residential, transportation and commercial construction
  Businesses that provide food, shelter and social services for economically disadvantaged or needy people
  Newspapers, television, radio and other media services
  Gas stations and fuel suppliers
  Auto supply and repair or manufacturing and sales
  Banks and financial institutions
  Hardware stores
  Warehouse distribution and fulfillment
  Storage for Essential Businesses
  Funeral homes and related functions provided that social distance is maintained
  Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, etc., who are necessary to safe, sanitary homes
  Real estate functions related to repairs, management of leases, transaction recording, property inspections, construction, etc.
  Shipping and mailing services including post office boxes
  Schools for the purpose of making possible distance learning
  Laundromats and cleaners
  Restaurants limited to take-out;
  Schools that provide meals may continue, but for pick-up only
  Businesses that deliver groceries to homes
  Professional services, such as legal or accounting, if necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activies
  Child care functions that enable exempted employees to work as usual. Child care must be carried out in groups of 12 or fewer children who are in the same group each day; children should not change from group to group and each group should be in a separate room. Staff should stay solely with one group.


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Abbott says schools to stay closed until May 4.

     Governor Abbott issued a new Executive Order, Tuesday, extending the closure of schools for another 5 weeks, ending Monday, May 4. The order also adopts the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols for social distancing issued recently by President Trump.

     "Social distancing is our best tool in the fight against COVID-19, and the actions we have taken thus far have proven effective in limiting the spread of the virus," said Gov. Abbott.

     The order expands the previous order to avoid gatherings in bars, restaurants, food courts and visiting gyms or massage studios. Added to these are tattoo and piercing studios and cosmetology salons.

     Also prohibited are visits to nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities unless the visit is to provide critical assistance. 
     Although school buildings are closed, schools can continue to teach via distance learning. See Gov. Abbott's order HERE.


Georgetown schools adjust

     As a result of Abbott's anouncement, GISD Superintendent Fred Brent told district families late Tuesday that GISD will continue operations under a status of “closed and offering instruction” through May 1.

    He said district staff will continue its remote business operations and facilities will remain closed. Remote instruction will continue. 

     Families needing technology support should contact the district for information on how to borrow or purchase devices and resources for internet access.

     April 10 and 13 are scheduled school holidays and the district will be fully closed on those days.

Mar 31 10:02 pm

8 new Wilco cases Tuesday


New Cases: 3-Austin, 1-Cedar Park, 3-Hutto, 1-Leander, 1-Round Rock.
The total change is one more than in today's total. in yesterday's report, one case was shown in a rural area which today shows no cases.

Confirmed new cases in Wilco

March 31

• 8 cases

March 30

• 5 cases

March 28

• 3 cases, one death

March 27

• 7 cases; individual details no longer released

March 26

• 5 cases, details not released

March 25

• 1 case, details not released

March 24

• a man in his 40s - travel to an area with community spread
• a woman in her 80s - exposed to a confirmed case
• a woman in her 40s - unknown exposure   
• a man in his 50s - unknown exposure

• a man in his  30s - exposure to a confirmed case  

March 23

• a woman in her 20s - unknown exposure source
• a woman in her 20s - unknown exposure source
• a woman in her 30s - unknown exposure source
• a woman in her 30s - travel history to an affected country
• a woman in her 40s - unknown exposure source

March 21

• a woman in her 20s - exposure to an area with community spread.

March 20

• a woman in her 20s - exposure to an area with community spread.

March 19

• a man in his 30s - international travel history.
• a woman in her 30s - international travel history.
• a woman in her 40s - exposed to an area with community spread.
• a man in his 50s - unknown exposure history.

March 18

• a woman in her 40s - self-quarantined.
• a man in his 50s - exposure to a known case.
• an infant - a close contact with a separate known case.
• a woman in her 40s - known travel history to France.

The county does not release names of infected individuals.

G-town schools will lend computers


With school closures extended until April 13, Georgetown ISD will lend technology to families who do not have a laptop, Chromebook or computer available at home for online distance learning, Superintendent Fred Brent said.

Distance learning will begin Monday, April 6, “Week 3” of school closures intended to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

GISD also has arranged for district families to secure 60 days of free internet access through Suddenlink and Spectrum. Information is available on GISD’s Distance Learning webpage HERE.

Families needing technology were identified through a survey and personal outreach, Mr. Brent said Families must register for a device on GISD’s Distance Learning webpage and will be assigned a checkout time on dates below. Chromebooks will be distributed through a curbside drive-thru at the front entrance of each school.

Technology checkout will take place as follows:
   • East View High School — Wednesday, April 1, noon to 6 p.m.
   • Georgetown High School — Thursday, April 2, noon to 6 p.m.
   • Carver, Mitchell, Cooper and Purl elementary schools — Monday, March 30, noon to 6 p.m.

County positives rise from 27 to 34

   See updated numbers under County Breakout, left.
     Noteworthy in this release is a new category "Not Hospitalized." This number has been missing from most news and information sources, and that has caused confusion as to how many people have actually been hospitalized. We thank the county folk for this important addition to our understanding of the illness and its impact.

Unsolicited advice

Photo by Andy Sharp

The county's Shelter-in-Place order makes exceptions for essential health related travel. Since mental health is health, too, you might consider getting in your car (an extension of your home) and driving around to see the red poppies.
   The original red poppy seeds, planted here at the end of the Great War, have reseeded every year for over 100 years. This year they are beautiful as ever and have much joy to give.

March 25 4:04 p.m.

School trustees move election to Nov. 3

   Georgetown ISD trustees voted unanimously Tuesday evening to move the district’s May 2 board election to Nov. 3. Five candidates have filed for two positions on the board.
    The Williamson County Sun and the League of Women Voters-Wilco have postponed candidate forums set for the city and school elections on April 4 and 16, respectively. Forums will be rescheduled in the fall, prior to the Nov. 3 election. Dates will be announced.


Georgetown city election set for Nov. 3

   The Georgetown City Council voted 7-0 to postpone the city election — originally scheduled for May 2 — to Nov. 3.
   Williamson County runs the elections for Georgetown and because of the coronavirus situation it will not hold the May 2 elections.
   Unless the city were to get a court order allowing it to run its election on a date other than a uniform election date, it must run its election on Nov. 3.


Southwestern shuts down

Southwestern University announced Thursday morning that the school will close for the remainder of the semester with students completing course work via distance learning.

Students have been on spring break which had been extended to give professors time to prepare for distance learning which was originally planned to extend from March 30 until April 13 or longer if needed.

Because of the County ban on large public events, Commencement, scheduled for May 9, is postponed and all campus events are cancelled.

Residence halls will close at noon, Sunday, March 22.


City facilities closed through May 11

Following the city's disaster declaration Thursday, all city facilities are closed to the public through May 11, including the main lobbies of the Public Safety Center, the Georgetown Municipal Complex, City Hall, the Library, the Visitor's Center and most Parks and Recreation facilities.

Staff will provide services via telephone, email and other digital means. For department contact information, refer to the City directory HERE.

The Animal Shelter will continue to process adoptions and drop-offs by appointment only. Call 512-930-3592 to schedule an appointment before coming to the shelter.

The Police Department is limiting in-person response to certain types of calls for service to promote social distancing. The department is making the following changes:

• All calls for service that can be handled by phone will be.
• Officers will continue responding in person to calls of a serious nature that pose a threat to persons or property or require more involved investigations.
• Officers will not be responding to non-injury accidents in which both vehicles are drivable and not a traffic hazard. People will be encouraged to exchange information as required by law and contact their respective insurance companies.
• Drug take-back services are suspended.

Contact the non-emergency number at 512-930-3510 to report non-emergency crimes, obtain police reports and for assistance with other administrative matters.

The Junior Police Academy registration is postponed. Expect a new date be set sometime in May.

GoGeo transit is reducing service hours to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Monday – Friday, starting Monday, March 23. The new hours are for fixed-route services and paratransit service. There will be no Saturday service starting March 21.

CARTS will continue to provide medical trips for dialysis and other critical medical needs for pre-scheduled trips. Rides for qualified paratransit riders can be requested online or through the CARTS Reservation Center by calling (512) 478-7433.

Trash & Recycling: Residents should bag all landfill trash and keep recyclable items loose to limit employees’ contact with these materials. Texas Disposal Systems continues to operate normally and the transfer station on Walden Drive remains open to the public. 

Although the Georgetown Public Library is closed, you keep library materials until the library reopens (no overdue fines!).

Plus you can now check out materials online for pickup:

  • 1 Reserve your items ahead of time using the Library's online catalog HERE.
  • 2 When you are notified that your materials are available, pick them up from the WOWmobile in the library's Ninth Street parking lot.  


All WOW! mobile stops and outreach events are canceled through April 3, and Sun City stops are canceled through April 19.

Georgetown Municipal Court: All court dockets currently scheduled in theup to April 3 will be rescheduled.

City of Georgetown's COVID-19 news page [HERE]

County Closures

Williamson County has closed all non-essential offices to walk-in traffic until May 11. Work will continue by phone, email, mail and drop-boxes as needed.

The Justice Center is open only for required judicial activities. In addition to normal screening, persons entering the building will have their temperature checked. Persons with temperature of 100.4 degrees or more will not be allowed in the builidng.

Jury trials are cancelled.




Restaurant Status Update

  • Although dining rooms are closed, the restaraunts listed are open.
  • Code for service levels:
       O - Online ordering
       T - take out, pick up
       D - delivery
  • • 309 Coffee T
    • 600 Market T
    • Arbys T
    • Asian Cuisine T
    • BB's Home Cooking
    • Baskin Robbins T
    • Bella Sera T
    • Brookwood (BIG) cafe T
    • Blue Corn Harvest T
    • Bob's Catfish & More T
    • Buffalo Wild Wings T
    • Burger King T
    • Bush's Fried Chicken
    • Catfish Parlour TD
    • Carl's Jr. T
    • Casa Ole T
    • Dale's Essenhaus TD
    • Dairy Queen T
    • Dos Salsas TD
    • El Charrito T
    • El Monumento TD
    • Firo Fire Kissed Pizza T
    • Fortune Garden TD
    • George's on the Town T
    • Georgetown Donuts T
    • Gumbo’s North T
    • Hat Creek Burger T
    • Hello Sweetie T
    • IHOP T
    • Jack-in-the-box T
    • Jaiwai Thai Kitchen T
    • Jason's Deli T
    • Jersey Mike's T
    • Jimmy John's T
    • Jimmy Vega' Smokehouse T
    • Just Love Coffee Cafe OT
    • Kentucky Fried Chicken T
    • Kork Wine Bar TD
    • Kyoto Sushi & Streak T
    • Lamppost Coffee OTD
    • La Plaza Market T
    • Laurie’s Cafe T
    • Longhorn Steakhouse T
    • Misu Sushi T
    • Monument Cafe OT
    • MOD Pizza T
    • Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake T
    • Phoever Diner T
    • Pit BBQ T
    • Pok-e-J's Smokehouse O T
    • Raising Cane's  T
    • Red Poppy Coffee Co. T
    • Rio Bravo (closed)
    • Roots Bistro TD
    • Simmer Down Cafe TD
    • Smokey Mo's T
    • Sonic O
    • Sweet Lemon Kitchen OT
  • To our restaurant folks: We at the Sun want to help you keep business coming your way. We'll post an updated list of your status here and in the paper starting this weekend.
       Please email us with your status, and we'll help you get the word out. Email to: clark@wilcosun.com

Event Changes & Status Updates

  • • The Anne Frank Exhibit at the Library is reset for Oct. 17-Nov. 22. 
  • • ROCK's Barn Dance is reset to June 13.
  • • Red Poppy Festival reset to Oct. 23-25.
  • • The Assistance League’s Thrift Shop in Republic Square is closed.
  • • The cafe at Brookwood in Georgetown (BIG) afe at 905 N. Church St. is open for to-go orders only, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The BiG boutique will be open from 1 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • • The Shops at The Caring Place, Railroad and Second Helping, on Williams Dr., are closed.
       The donations drive-thru is closed and item pick-ups are suspended.
       Food Pantry services will operate out of the Donations drive-thru from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
       The Daily Bread program is discontinued.
       Donors are asked not to leave items.
  • • The DGA’s Georgetown Market Days downtown is suspended until further notice.
  • • The Holocaust Rememberance at the Georgetown Public Library will not be held this year.
  • • Preservation Georgetown's annual Historic Home Tour, and Sun City’s Inspiration Home Tour, presented by Women Helping Others, planned for May 2-3, are canceled.
  • • The Palace Theatre has cancelled all activities, including performances and Palace education camps and classes.
  • • The Georgetown Quilt Show, which had been scheduled for March 27-28, is cancelled.
  • To Event organizers: Please send us your updated information so we can help you keep Georgetown informed about your status and plans.
       Email info to: clark@wilcosun.com



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