As of March 21, Taylor's top official is not aware of any confirmed case of COVID-19 in the city.
Mayor Brandt Rydell relayed that information while speaking to citizens through his Facebook page Saturday. He updated what has been happening in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and addressed what he's seen in the community so far.
"I know there's a lot of anxiety and concern," said Rydell. "I want to reiterate to everyone that there's certainly no need to panic, but this is something we should all be taking seriously. ... I'm heartened by a lot of what I see out in the community, people looking out for one another, taking care of one another, and that's what it's going to take for us to all to get through this, and I just want to extend my appreciation as mayor of this city for everything that everyone is doing."
From March 18 to 20, Williamson County officials announced nine people were diagnosed with COVID-19, the virus causing concern around the globe. An additional confirmed case from Wednesday was transferred to Travis County’s jurisdiction for monitoring.
"I can tell you that as of the last report I received, there is no documented case of COVID-19 in the city of Taylor," said Rydell. "But, honestly, I think we're kidding ourselves if we think it's not here already. We simply haven't tested and gotten a positive result, and it probably has more to do with lack of testing than anything else. So, we all need to carry forward as if the virus is here and we need to continue to take the precautions."
Rydell said he's been contact with county and state officials on nearly a daily basis as the situation is monitored.
"Take care of yourself. Take care of each other, and as I said, we'll get through this."
The full video is below:
What you can do
"The most important things that we can do as individuals to avoid exposure and avoid exposing others should be the main focus as a community," said Dr. Lori Palazzo, Williamson County and Cities Health District Medical Director and Williamson County Health Authority. “Social distancing is crucial - older adults and those with underlying health conditions need to stay in their homes. All others need to stop going out in public places for non-essentials reasons and spreading the asymptomatic virus."
• Staying home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Using telemedicine if possible.
• Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.
• Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• When you can't wash your hands with soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.· Practicing social distancing - keeping a space of 6 feet between you and others; and avoiding any type of mass gatherings.
· Getting a flu shot. (Although the flu shot does not protect against COVID-19, it is flu season.)