Local municipalities have announced new cases of COVID-19 in their areas as another Taylor citizen has reportedly passed away.
Taylor’s number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus increased by 51 in the span of seven days. As of July 9, Taylor had a total of 164 cases during the COVID-19 pandemic, up from 113 on July 2.
On Thursday, Mayor Brandt Rydell announced that a second citizen had passed away due to the coronavirus.
“We now have two people who died from the disease so far in Taylor,” said Rydell.
Numbers specifically on active cases and recoveries were not 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.
“We won’t be getting as frequent detailed information as we have because quite frankly, the health district is swamped,” said Rydell. “The Texas Health Trace system that they’ve switched to does promise to help alleviate some of that backlog, and I think they’re making good progress on that right now.”
The Texas Department of State Health Services keeps track of estimated active cases, recoveries and deaths. For the state’s dashboard, visit https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/cases.aspx.
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NEW: On Friday, July 10, five more confirmed cases were added to bring Taylor's total to 169. More details can be viewed in his update below.
In Hutto, more than 90 cases were recorded in the same week, although whether the rise might be attributed to a backlog of cases is unclear. As of Thursday, there had been 249 COVID-19 cases in Hutto this year.
Granger Mayor Trevor Cheatham reported on July 9 that zip code 76530 had 29 cases of the coronavirus. Granger’s zip code also includes the communities of Walburg, Friendship and other rural areas.
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As of July 10, the city of Thrall announced on their website that there had been 13 confirmed cases and one previously reported death in zip code 76578. Thrall lies at the northwest border of the zip code, which extends to the eastern county border and into the southeast corner of the county and beyond. Other communities in the mostly rural zip code include Noack.
Williamson County added more than 1,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in seven days. During July 2-9, the county went from a total of 2,388 cases during the pandemic to 3,617.
In that time, 12 county residents reportedly died due to the coronavirus. They included two males in their 50s, two males in their 60s, four males and a female in their 70s, and a male and a female in their 90s. After an additional death of a male in his 60s reported by the county July 10, there has been a total of 51 deaths in the county linked to COVID-19
“This was a difficult week for Williamson County with the news of several lives lost forever due to COVID-19. As we enter yet another weekend, please keep in mind how our actions may impact those around us,” said County Judge Bill Gravell. “Preserving our health and keeping those we love healthy is of the utmost importance right now, even if that means wearing a mask and staying six feet apart.”
Although active cases and recoveries are no longer being reported, WCCHD reports other figures and trends for residents to gauge COVID-19's impact in the county. To see the data, visit http://www.wcchd.org/COVID-19/dashboard.php.