The amount of Taylor citizens who have gotten sick and recovered from COVID-19 continue to increase.

From May 15 to May 18, six more people were confirmed to have gotten sick from COVID-19 in Taylor. However, four other citizens recovered from the disease.

“Our total confirmed case count now stands at 25, and of that, 14 are recovered,” said Mayor Brandt Rydell Tuesday, “so that means we have 11 active cases in Taylor right now.”

The city is at its highest active case count since May 8 when Taylor began fluctuating between nine and 10 active cases.

The mayor also noted that the pool in Murphy Park would not be opening this weekend. The pool has traditionally opened on the weekend of Memorial Day, which falls on May 25 this year.

Hutto has had 36 cases thus far of COVID-19. About 24 people have recovered. With one previously reported death, 11 cases remain active.

County passes 500 total cases

Meanwhile, there were 49 more confirmed cases in Williamson County between May 16-19. The Williamson County and Cities Health District has documented 501 total cases since the start of the pandemic. Approximately 276 residents have recovered.

On Tuesday, the county reported the passing of a woman in her 90s. Her death is the 20th in the county attributed to COVID-19. As of May 19, there are still 205 residents reportedly ill with the coronavirus.

“Another valuable Williamson County resident has left us too soon. It is despicable what the virus has done to now 20 people, and there are many more fighting for their lives,” said County Judge Bill Gravell. “It’s for them, and all of our citizens that have been impacted by COVID-19 one way or another, that we stress the importance behind social distancing and following proper hygiene guidelines such as wearing a face-covering. This will not be resolved overnight, but I assure you we will get through this united and stronger than before.”

In Williamson County cities with populations less than 20,000 not including Taylor, there have been 27 confirmed COVID-19 cases this year. About 17 of those people are in recovery, leaving 10 cases active in rural areas.

The city of Thrall reported earlier this month of one active case in zip code 76578 but 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 15.

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