Taylor went up by four more cases of COVID-19 in recent days.

Between May 6-9, Mayor Brandt Rydell made announcements raising the city’s total count of COVID-19 cases. One case was announced Wednesday, three cases were announced Friday and one was Saturday.

“We now have confirmation of our 18th COVID-19 case in our community,” said Rydell. “Eight of those have since recovered from the virus.”

Therefore, 10 active cases remain in Taylor.

BOTTOM: Mayor Brandt Rydell update with Taylor testing info for Saturday.

In all of Williamson County, 35 residents were added to the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, 15 more were back on the road to health. As of May 8, there have been 368 total cases of COVID-19 to hit the county with 211 recoveries. Approximately 144 cases remain active in the county.

Two male residents in their 90s were announced to have passed away, one on May 6 and the other on May 9. Their deaths are linked to COVID-19.

“As we enter what is supposed to be a positive weekend celebrating Mother’s Day, I am heartbroken to hear the news of yet another death in our county," said County Judge Bill Gravell. "This means, my Williamson County family, that we cannot let our guard down. Now is the time to take action against this devastating disease by continuing to practice social distancing, wear a face-covering to avoid contracting or exposing others to the virus, and sanitize your space and hands as much as you can."

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 13 deaths in the county attributed to the coronavirus.

The county has investigated potential clusters of COVID-19 outbreaks at three nursing homes. However, it's unknown which deaths might have come from those facilities since privacy protection laws only permit the release of limited patient information.

In Hutto, two more people received COVID-19 diagnoses while two others recovered. With one previously reported death, there are at least nine active cases and 19 recoveries in the home of the Hippos.

In cities with a population less than 20,000 or rural areas in the county, 17 active cases remain after 24 recoveries. There have been 41 total cases as of May 8.

According to the city of Thrall, there are no cases confirmed there as of May 8, but the city is aware of one active case in the 76578 zip code outside the city limits. Thrall lies at the northwest border of 76578, which extends to eastern county border and into the southeast corner of the county and beyond.

There are no reports of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in other eastern Williamson County communities as of May 8.

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