On Monday morning, Austin County Judge Tim Lapham announced the twentieth case of COVID-19 in the county although he said at least 10 of those are considered recovered.
“Number 19 is a female in her thirties in Sealy. Number 20 is a female in her forties west of Sealy,” Lapham said in a May 18 update. “Most of our cases in Austin County have been travel related or healthcare workers. I do not have the information on the last several. It takes a few days to get this information from the state. So far, none of our cases have required hospitalization.”
Gyms, offices and manufacturers were able to reopen on Monday with social distancing guidelines as part of Tex. Gov. Greg Abbott’s reopening plans but Lapham warned to continue adhering to social distancing measures laid out to prevent the spread of the disease.
“Limit your travel as much as possible,” Lapham said. “I know it's a great temptation to travel while gas is cheap and traffic is light, be very careful of the places you go and who you come in contact with.”
Lapham also said he understands residents’ want to return to normal greetings but shared a personal story from his weekend.
“We saw a dear friend of ours yesterday,” Lapham said Monday morning. “We were working on fence in a pasture in Katy and his son-in-law drove up with him in the truck. He's in his 90s and looks great. He's lost his wife and both sons in the past couple years. It was tempting to give him a big hug and we didn't even get to shake hands. We don't see him often and hopefully that wasn't the last time we get to see him. This social distancing is hard on all of us but we know that he is exactly who we are doing it for.”