Much of east Williamson County remains without confirmed COVID-19 cases while nearby communities see case and recovery numbers climb.

Hutto has its fourth documented case of the novel coronavirus, according to the Williamson County and Cities Health District this week. On March 28, the county announced its first death attributed to the pandemic disease. Williamson County’s total number of cases is 50 as of March 31.

Meanwhile, 12 residents have recovered from COVID-19. Cases have yet to be reported in communities such as Taylor, Thrall, Granger and Coupland.

In his continuing series of updates from his Facebook page, Taylor Mayor Brandt Rydell stressed caution of his citizens despite no confirmation of COVID-19 in the city.

“With a lack of testing across the nation, state and the county,” said Rydell, “it’s really difficult to get a handle on just how many cases are out there.”

The mayor advised everyone to exercise social distancing, washing hands and staying home as much as they can.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that is spreading from person to person in parts of the United States. The risk of infection with COVID-19 is higher for people who are close contacts of someone known to have COVID-19, for example healthcare workers, or household members. Other people at higher risk for infection are those who live in or have recently been in an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Williamson County & Cities Health District is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation in coordination with the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and regional public health and healthcare agencies.

To see updated information about COVID-19 cases, visit https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/.

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