COVID-19 Dashboard: The Williamson County and Cities Health District COVID-19 Impact Dashboard may be accessed by clicking here . This information is updated daily by 4:30 p.m.
Williamson County to Hostâ¯Free COVID-19 Testingâ¯in Georgetown: September 9, 2020 (Williamson County) --â¯Williamson County Office of Emergency Management in partnership with the Texas Division ofâ¯Emergency Management (TDEM) and in coordination with the City of Georgetownâ¯will be hosting free COVID-19 testing September 12 through 15.â¯
Testingâ¯will be conducted atâ¯the Georgetown Community Center located at 445 East Morrow Street. It will beginâ¯at 9 a.m.â¯andâ¯it will close by 1:00 p.m. or until supplies last.â¯â¯
This is a walk-up siteâ¯that will not require an appointment prior to being tested. People interested in getting tested will be asked to park and line upâ¯for their turn. It is important to note thatâ¯this is aâ¯cheek swab test, soâ¯peopleâ¯cannotâ¯eat,â¯drink,â¯or use tobacco productsâ¯20 minutes prior to the test.â¯Please avoid bringing pets, unless it is a service animal. Residents should bring a cell phone forâ¯on-site registration.â¯Also, please be aware that due toâ¯demand there may be a wait time. Bring items as a formâ¯of shade to cover from the sunâ¯such as a hat or umbrella.â¯â¯COVID-19 testing at this site isâ¯available for all Texans, whether they are Williamson County residents or not. For more informationâ¯on this and future testing sites,â¯please visitâ¯www.wilco.org.
Texas Workforce Commission: TWC is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services such as job matching, recruiting and training to Texas job seekers and employers. TWC also administers the Unemployment Benefits and Unemployment Tax programs. TWC's mission is to promote and support a workforce system that creates value and offers employers, individuals, and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity. TWC strengthens the Texas economy by providing the workforce development component of the Governor's economic development strategy. Texas boasts an incredibly skilled workforce ready to attract enterprise to the Lone Star State. By focusing on the demands of employers, TWC gives Texas the competitive edge necessary to draw business here.
Williamson County has launched Wilco Forward, a grant program funded through the approximately $93 million the County received from the CARES Act and pursuant to Texas Local Government Code Ch 381. The program was broken into three segments.
In Phase I, the County set aside $35 million for grants to Williamson County small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The maximum amount a business could receive was $30,000. The deadline to apply for small business funding was June 30, 2020.
Phase II allocated more than $25 million in funding for cities, emergency service districts, the Williamson County and Cities Health District, Bluebonnet Trails, and the YMCA to assist with additional costs due to COVID-19.
Wilco Forward Phase III is funded with $5 million from a combination of Community Development Block Grant funds and federal CARES Act funds. Phase III provides rent and utility assistance to residents that are in need through partnerships with local non-profits. Terms of agreement were approved between Williamson County and The Caring Place, The Salvation Army, and the Round Rock Serving Center.
“Now that we have assisted thousands of small businesses in our community, it is important to turn our attention to supporting the residents in Williamson County that have been dealing with the financial burdens COVID-19 has caused. We hope this assistance gives those in need some relief,” said Williamson County Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey.
The three agencies serve as conduits for assistance. These agencies will be reimbursed by the County for rent assistance and/or utility assistance provided to a landlord, property management company, or utility company between March 1 through December 30, for a total of up to $5 million. The County will monitor the total amount of funds spent to date so that the Phase III budget is not exceeded.
All three agencies will follow the criteria below to assess eligibility:
- All residences assisted must be located in Williamson County, but not within the city limits of Austin
- Up to the rent amount based on the lease agreement plus late fees for up to a total of 3 months
- For approved applications, the applicant must request additional funds after the first month of assistance on an as needed basis
- Up to $1,500 of utility assistance per residence on an as needed basis
- Applicant must show evidence that the assistance is needed due to issues caused by COVID-19.
Each agency will handle the application and vetting process in their service areas, along with the issuing of the checks directly to the landlord, property management company, or utility company. The following are the service areas for each entity. Residents living in the city limits of Austin should contact the City of Austin for assistance at austintexas.gov.
- Round Rock Area Serving Center: Round Rock, Brushy Creek/Fern Bluff MUD, Hutto areas outside of Georgetown ISD, zip code 78717 in Williamson County, but not in the city limits of Austin
- The Caring Place: Georgetown, Andice, Bartlett, Florence, Granger, Jarrell, Jonah, Schwertner, Walburg, Weir, Hutto areas within Georgetown ISD
- The Salvation Army: Cedar Park, Coupland, Leander, Liberty Hill, Taylor, Thrall, and all other areas of Williamson County not served by the other two agencies, zip codes 78729 and 78750 in Williamson County, but not in the city limits of Austin
Residents will contact the agency serving their city to be able to request financial assistance.
Hutto Non-profit brightening lives during COVID-19
NOTICE:Texas Governor Greg Abbott established a statewide face covering requirement, issues proclamation to limit gatherings.The governor's order supersedes Mayor Gaul's order of June 29.
On July 1, 2020, an emergency order was enacted by the City of Hutto requiring all businesses to implement a health and safety policy that includes mandatory wear of face coverings when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to coworkers or the public where six feet separation is not possible.
Signs for businesses are available:
Sample health and safety policies for businesses:
Please read our community news story for more. The full text of the emergency is located here.
For Frequently Asked Questions, please click here. (The FAQ page is under construction. Please be patient.)Texas Governor Greg Abbott issues statewide mask order as coronavirus cases, hospitalizations rise- read full article here.
Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statewide mask order Thursday and gave local officials the authority to impose restrictions on outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people amid rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the state.
Williamson County is offering free cheek swab COVID-19 tests. For more information, visit the Willamson County COVID-19 webpage.
New COVID-19 Testing Site Available in Williamson County
Williamson County residents now have a new way to be able to be tested for the COVID-19 virus. Williamson County and the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) are offering a public testing site to increase the ability of county residents to get a COVID-19 test. The site is for people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; however, this test does not require a visit with a physician and is free of charge. Individuals must first take an online assessment based on screening criteria from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An on-line screening tool will be used to assess if someone is eligible for a COVID-19 test based on CDC criteria. The online assessment tool will be available Monday, April 27, by going to http://www.wcchd.org/COVID-19/testing.php. The first tests will be conducted starting Thursday, April 30, 2020. Individuals are expected to receive test results in a few days depending upon lab capacity.
As of today, April 24, 2020 "retail-to-go" is now in effect. Order online or by phone, then follow the guidelines to pick up your merchandise.
County Judge Signs Orders for Hospital Capacity and Retail During Stay Home Stay Safe
On April 21, 2020, Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell signed new orders to ensure consistency between the Williamson County Stay Home Stay Safe Order issued March 24, 2020, and the State of Texas Executive Orders GA 15 and GA 16. Effective beginning at 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020, the Stay Home Stay Safe Order is amended pertaining to “Healthcare Operations.” Effective beginning at 12:01 a.m. on April 24, 2020, the Stay Home Stay Safe Order is amended to allow retail businesses not defined as essential businesses to operate in limited capacity. A copy of the new orders with specific requirements can be found on the County’s website here.
Travis and Williamson County Issue Stay Home, Stay Safe Orders
Read the press release here and the full orders here.
In cooperation with Williamson County, the City of Hutto will follow these orders to help keep all citizens safe from the spread of COVID-19.
A New video message from Mayor Doug Gaul - Posted March 20, 2020
Mayor Gaul has a special message to the citizens and businesses of Hutto. Watch here.
UPDATE: To protect the health and safety of our citizens, City Hall is closed indefinitely as a part of the City's effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Business will still be conducted, but by email or phone at 512-759-4033.
In case of emergencies, call 9-1-1. For more information go to: www.huttotx.gov/government/covid-19-info.php.
A Message From Mayor Doug Gaul:
We acknowledge there is a lot we do not know at this time. Information is moving quickly. Situations are constantly evolving. If a decision is made to change City operations, it would be done so in coordination with governmental health agencies.
We are also looking for guidance from governmental agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Williamson County Health officials, the Hutto Fire Rescue and the Hutto Police Department. We are also working closely with the Hutto Independent School District to ensure communication to the public is helpful, consistent and timely.
What we do know is we have systems in place to respond to a mandate by the government. We are well-positioned with technology resources.
Finally, while the City has a role in this rapidly changing situation, we also look to our community to share in the responsibility to keep our community healthy. If families are traveling to affected areas, we ask they follow guidance given by local, state and federal officials as to recommended precautions before returning to school or work.
Please click here to read the full statement from Mayor Doug Gaul regarding the situation in the City of Hutto.
March 18, 2020 - The Williamson County Judge held a press conference on March 18 with new county-wide mandates in reference to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Watch the press conference here.
What you need to know about COVID-19?
First and foremost, please reach out to the CDC for the latest information about the prevention of spread of the coronavirus and please continue to do your part in staying aware of the recommendations from the CDC here.
CDC guidance on Mass Gatherings, Large Community Events- CDC recommends that for the next 8 weeks (through May 10) organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.
This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus.
The City of Hutto is taking steps to deal health threat posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), including closing City Hall and the Library and cleaning and disinfecting City facilities. A number of events and activities have been cancelled, and we are continuing to aggressively share information on the virus from trusted public health agencies.
- We ask that if you are not feeling well, have a fever, cough or any other respiratory illness, please stay home to protect yourself. and others.
City of Hutto Service Updates -
- The March 19 City Council Meeting was streamed live and can be seen here.
- Hutto City Hall - Closed indefinitely
- Hutto Public Library - Closed through end of March
- This may be updated in accordance with CDC recommended best practices. We appreciate your understanding. Due to the Library being closed, all classes, programming and tax assistance is discontinued. If you have any questions, please contact the Library at 512-759-4008.
- Municipal Court scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 has been CANCELED.
- If you are scheduled to appear in court on this date, please watch for an email or text regarding your case. If you need more information, please call the Municipal Court at 512-759-1011.
City of Hutto Inspection and Permitting -
- The health and safety of our residents and employees is very important to us. We are doing our part to keep our Hutto family healthy. All permit inspections in occupied residences are suspended until March 31. Emergency situations and commercial permits will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Please note, this does not suspend the need for permitting and inspection overall.
- We appreciate your understanding. For questions, please contact the City of Hutto Building Department at 512-846-2640.
Event Cancellations -
After assessing information provided by local and state authorities, the City of Hutto has made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone several City events. Non-City events may be cancelled by their organizers.
UPDATE: Monday, March 16, 11:15 a.m.
- Hutto Spring-A-Palooza scheduled for May 9 has been cancelled.
- The May Sunset Block Party Bash scheduled for May 22 has been cancelled.
- The June Sunset Block Party Bash scheduled for June 26 has been cancelled
- The April Sunset Block Party Bash has been cancelled
- The Farmers' Market has been cancelled until further notice. We encourage you to reach out to your favorite vendors via Facebook to help support local businesses during this time. If you are a vendor or business owner, we encourage you to post a link to your business on the City's Facebook page
- Reds, Whites & Brews, and the Mager Field Bond Project Completion Ceremony postponed. As soon as we have more information regarding the new dates, we will post. Thank you all for your understanding.
Parks and Recreation -
- City of Hutto’s Spring Break Adventureland Camp - Cancelled
- The Hutto Parks and Recreation Easter Egg Hunt has been postponed. There will be an event in the summer.
- Corn Hole Tournament - Cancelled
- All League Play - Cancelled
- Please feel free to contact the Hutto Parks and Recreation Department should you have any further concerns
- Williamson County Schools to Offer Free Breakfasts, Lunches and Online Learning
- MLB Pitch, Hit & Run – This event has been cancelled by the organizers.
- The Hutto Women’s Alliance 5K - This event has been cancelled by the organizers.
- The Hutto Chamber of Commerce Crawfish Festival has been postponed.
- The Hutto Chamber of Commerce After Hours events have been canceled until further notice.
- The Globe Drive-in cancelled until further notice.
If You Need Assistance:
We understand in these challenging times, some may experience drastic life changes like unemployment, health, transportation and even groceries. We have compiled an ever-growing list of organizations, including restaurants, that are still serving the public in a limited capacity and organizations that can offer help in other ways. If you would like assistance or if you wish to list your service business or organization on this site, please reach out to us on the HELP IN MY HOMETOWN page at this link.
COUNTY/STATE HEALTH SERVICES LINKS:
- Prevention of COVID-19
- What to do
- Information for travelers
- Event/Mass Gathering Health Considerations and Mitigation Strategies
- Contact DSHS Texas
- Baylor Scott & White
- Guide to preventing disease spread in homes and communities
- How to prepare your home
- How to prepare at work
- CDC video archive
- CDC resources of travelers