Local municipalities have resumed receiving reports on potential active cases and recoveries, and Taylor’s current activity may have dropped since early July.
On Friday, July 17, Mayor Brandt Rydell reported that Taylor had a total of 210 confirmed cases during the pandemic thus far, up 41 cases from one week before before.
“Estimated active cases is 46. Estimated recoveries at 164," said Rydell, "and the information that I have is that we were remained at two in terms of the number of individuals who have passed away from COVID-19 in Taylor."
View Rydell's full update below.
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Specific numbers on active cases and recoveries are no longer included in local reports or the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) dashboard since the health district transitioned to the state’s contact tracing/data system over Independence Day weekend. Although the system is designed to improve some areas of the reporting process when WCCHD’s capacity is exceeded, a drawback is some specifics are no longer included in released data.
However, on July 14, the WCCHD started adding estimated active cases and recoveries to the dashboard.
“Recoveries are not a reportable condition to Public Health. Therefore, recovery data are not absolute and are to be used for estimating purposes only,” WCCHD states on its website. “No trends or other inferences should be drawn from these data. The numbers posted represent a point in time snapshot and may fluctuate throughout the day.”
If the estimates provided to Taylor are accurate, the number of active cases in Taylor has lowered from 62 on July 2.
“There’s just such a high number of cases coming through. There’s a focus now on the contact tracing through the Texas Health Trace system that the health district, the state is just estimating recoveries based on if you had a positive test, the assumption is in 14 days, you’ve probably recovered,” said Rydell to his understanding last Tuesday. “Given the volume of cases and some of the lag time in reporting in some instances, the estimates are what they’re going with for right now.”
Rydell will also be updated less frequently on COVID-19 activity in his community.
“I will only be getting the detailed reports that include the breakdown of Taylor cases every Tuesday and Friday,” said Rydell, “so that’s when I’ll be bringing you these video updates.”
WCCHD reports other figures and trends for residents to gauge COVID-19's impact in the county on a daily basis. To see the data, visit http://www.wcchd.org/COVID-19/dashboard.php.
As of July 17, Hutto had approximately 82 active cases of COVID-19. An estimated 243 citizens have recovered. With a two previously reported deaths, Hutto has had 325 cases during the pandemic.
The city of Thrall reported as of Friday that there were an estimated six active cases and 11 recoveries in zip code 76578. There have been a total of 18 cases in the area, which includes one previously reported death
Thrall and the Noack community sit at the northwest border of the mostly rural zip code, which extends to the eastern county border and into the southeast corner of the county and beyond.
Mayor Trevor Cheatheam of Granger reported July 17 that zip code 76530 had an estimated 3 active cases and 29 recoveries, down from the 11 active cases from three days before. In total, the area has had 32 cases during the pandemic.
Granger’s zip code also includes the communities of Walburg, Friendship and other rural areas.
WCCHD estimated that there were 931 active cases in Williamson County as of July 17. About 3,492 residents have recovered.
Active cases are down from 1,390 on July 3, before WCCHD made the switch to the new reporting system. Since Tuesday when the health district started to estimate recovery numbers, active cases have fluctuated up and down between 930 and 1,115.
More than 800 coronavirus cases were added to Williamson County stats from July 9-16. By the time Friday’s numbers rolled in, the county had a pandemic total of 4,490 cases.
The county announced about 16 deaths since July 10. They included:
two males in their 50s;
• a female in her 60s;
• a male in his 60s;
• two males in their 70s;
• two females in their 70s;
• three females in their 80s;
• a male in his 90s; and
• four females in their 90s
As of Friday, 67 residents have reportedly passed away with deaths linked to the coronavirus.
“Today may be the end of a work week, but it is not the end of our fight against COVID-19. As your County Judge,” said Bill Gravell, “I ask that you take care of yourselves by following the safety measures set in place by the health care professionals. These guidelines not only help stop the spread of the virus, but also protect and preserve lives.”