The life of a Taylor citizen has reportedly been claimed by COVID-19, while the city’s number of active cases reached the lowest in 11 days.
On May 29, Mayor Brandt Rydell announced the passing of said citizen while updating the community on local effects of the coronavirus.
“Unfortunately, it’s now been reported that Taylor has suffered its first fatality from COVID-19,” said Rydell. “We were all hopeful that would not be the case, that our community would be spared, but we have suffered that first loss.
“It’s a sad day for Taylor,” he continued, “and hopefully we won’t have anymore of these COVID-19 related deaths, but we all need to do our part to give ourselves the best chance to avoid another day like today.”
Other information on the person who passed away was unavailable at press time.
Meanwhile, the mayor also announced that the city had nine active cases of COVID-19. The last date that the city was at nine active cases was May 18.
“Our total confirmed case count remains at 30,” said Rydell. “That includes nine active cases and 20 recoveries.”
The mayor's full update from Friday is shown below.
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Before recent recoveries, more people had been reported sick in the city. On May 26, Taylor had 14 active cases.
“What's notable about that is here over the (Memorial Day) weekend,” said Rydell, “we became the city or town with the third-highest number of active cases in Williamson County."
However, the mayor noted the disparity between Taylor and the two cities with higher numbers. Georgetown had almost triple of the amount of people sick with the coronavirus with 40 active cases. Round Rock had 125 active cases, almost nine times higher than Taylor. Still, there were some notable places with less people sick than the home of the Ducks.
"We've passed places like Hutto and Cedar Park and Leander in terms of the active COVID-19 cases," said Rydell Tuesday. "I tell you that just to emphasize how important it is as things start to open up more and more, we know that we're going to likely see more cases of COVID-19, and we're starting to see a little uptick here in Taylor. I mean we've been at 11, so at 14, it's not a huge spike or anything like that, but still it's concerning."
The increased number of recoveries was welcome news for the mayor later in the week.
“I want to thank all of you out there for everything you are doing to help slow the spread,” said Rydell.
On May 29, Hutto had 10 active cases of COVID-19, which was also the same number seven days earlier. There have been 32 recoveries and one previously reported death in the city. Hutto has had 43 cases since the start of the pandemic.
In Williamson County overall, there have been 77 more COVID-19 cases recorded in one week, May 22-29. However, 85 residents recovered at the same time.
Since the start of the pandemic, Williamson County has had 605 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. About 379 have recovered from the disease.
Three deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported in the county this past week. They included a female in her 90s and two males in their 60s and 70s. As of May 29, 24 deaths in the county have been linked to the coronavirus.
“While some people are looking forward to the weekend ahead, others are mourning the unforeseen loss of a loved one due to COVID-19. Now is the time when we should all rally behind those who have been impacted by this deadly virus,” said County Judge Bill Gravell. “When you think about making plans with your loved ones, please take into consideration that your actions could result in further spread of COVID-19 if you are not careful. Let’s love those that are most vulnerable from a distance for now and continue following the safety guidelines.”
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 29.