Taylor is at its highest number to date of citizens currently sick with COVID-19.
On June 17, Mayor Brandt Rydell reported that Taylor had 20 active cases of the coronavirus. The city has a total of 55 confirmed cases, up three since Monday.
“We have 34 recoveries, and that’s up one (from the day before), and we still have the one death attributed to COVID-19 in Taylor.”
Taylor's total number of cases of COVID-19 — including active cases, recoveries and deaths — went down by three cases from the day before. Figures are tracked by the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD). The mayor has explained why reports of the coronavirus fluctuate and get corrected within communities.
"The county and the health district, as they do further research into individuals who've been diagnosed with COVID-19," said Rydell, "sometimes they're initially attributed to one community, and then it's determined that no in fact that they belong to a different community."
In his Wednesday update shown below, the mayor continued to urge caution to the community and expressed disappointment at recent activity at parks. The city recently announced that certain park facilities are closed through voluntary compliance.
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Hutto broke nearly a week of no new cases of COVID-19 in early June with numerous new reports since then. The city has 24 active cases of the coronavirus. About 46 Hutto residents are no longer ill after becoming infected. With one previously reported death, there have been 71 total cases in Hutto.
From June 5 to June 17, Williamson County has jumped by more than 200 active COVID-19 cases. As of Wednesday, there were 415 active cases in the county. About 621 residents have recovered from the virus. About 1,068 residents have been infected since the beginning of the pandemic.
On June 11, a Williamson County male in his 60s passed away. On Wednesday, another male in his 60s and male in his 70s also reportedly died. Their deaths bring the county's total of deaths attributed to the coronavirus to 32.
“Another two lives have left us too soon due to COVID-19. As your County Judge, I mourn when there is a loss in our community," said County Judge Bill Gravell. "It is our duty as a Williamson County family to protect our most vulnerable and those with underlying health conditions. If you are going to be out in the public, please consider wearing a face covering and remain six feet apart from others. We continue to emphasize these guidelines because they are our strongest tool to fighting back against this deadly virus."
The city of Thrall reported in early May and maintains that there is one active case in zip code 76578 but outside the city limits. Thrall lies at the northwest border of 76578, which extends to the eastern county border and into the southeast corner of the county and beyond.
According to WCCHD maps from June 16, zip code 76578 has had at least six confirmed cases of COVID-19. Based on reconfigured maps Wednesday, the zip code is classified as having 0-11 reported cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
WCCHD uses guidance from Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in how they release public information about COVID-19 by geographic area.
There are no reports of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in other eastern Williamson County communities as of June 17.