Williamson County jumps to "red" phase in COVID-19 risk as cases double


WILLIAMSON COUNTY (Talk1370.com) -- Williamson County health officials on Monday moved to the "red" phase of their color-based COVID-19 guidelines, based on an increasing number of cases of the virus and what officials fear is uncontrolled spread across the county.

According to the Williamson County and Cities Health District, the number of cases is now at 14.54 per 100,000 people, which has more than doubled in the past week - and is 6.5 times higher than at the end of June.

306 new cases were reported over the last three days, with two new deaths.

Officials say the age ranges with the most cases are those in the 18-30 year range, followed by those who are 31-50 years old.

The color-coded guidelines are just that - guidelines - and do not have any impact on local rules or regulations for businesses. WCCHD officials offer the following recommendations for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status:

• Wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19.
• Stay at least 6 feet from others who don’t live with you.
• Avoid crowds. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.

Officials continue to urge anyone who has not gotten a COVID-19 vaccine to find a provider near them. You can find a provider online at www.vaccines.gov or by texting your ZIP code to 438829.