Taylor has weathered some recent changes in COVID-19 case counting to maintain a total of 17 cases.

On May 12, Mayor Brandt Rydell updated citizens with the latest figures regarding the coronavirus pandemic in the city.

“We still have the 17 confirmed cases and eight recoveries at this point,” said Rydell.

Nine cases remain active in Taylor.

With news of another Taylor citizen recovering on Saturday, the city’s official total count had risen to 18. Then two days later, the total went back down to 17.

“There’s been a reallocation of one of those cases presumably to another community in Williamson County,” said Rydell. “Whenever they dug into it a little bit more, (Williamson County) realized that it applied to a different community rather than Taylor.”

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 12.

For Williamson County in general, the total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases went up by 36 in four days to reach 397 overall. Approximately 15 more people recovered from COVID-19 for a total of 223 recoveries thus far.

On May 9 and May 11-12, the Williamson County and Cities Health District reported at least one person each day of someone passing away from the coronavirus. They included one male is his 90s and three females in their 70s, 80s and 90s.

“It is with a heavy heart that we report on the passing of two Williamson County residents,” said County Judge Bill Gravell on the latest two deaths reported Tuesday. “This disease sees no race, gender or age. It has attacked the most vulnerable and even those who did their best to fight against it until the end. I am reminded that it is because of these lives lost that we continue to make sacrifices and decisions that are difficult, but must be made in order to preserve lives.”

Since the start of the pandemic, 16 deaths in Williamson County have been attributed to COVID-19.

“This means, my Williamson County family, that we cannot let our guard down,” said Gravell. “Now is the time to take action against this devastating disease by continuing to practice social distancing, wear a face-covering to avoid contracting or exposing others to the virus, and sanitize your space and hands as much as you can.”

The county has investigated potential clusters of COVID-19 outbreaks at three nursing homes. However, it's unknown which deaths might have come from those facilities since privacy protection laws only permit the release of limited patient information.

As of May 12, 158 cases of COVID-19 remain active in Williamson County.

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