Austin County Judge confirms twenty-first case of COVID-19 Tuesday

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Austin County Judge Tim Lapham announced COVID-19 case No. 21 in Austin County although only six remain active with 15 considered recovered according to the Tuesday update.

“A male in his 30s in the Industry area,” Lapham said of the newest case of the new coronavirus in the county. “So far none have been hospitalized and no deaths from COVID-19.”

Despite those numbers, Lapham reiterated that residents need to stay on top of the virus and keep practicing good hygiene.

“We need to stay vigilant. Continue the hand washing, social distancing, staying home as much as possible and limit interaction with others,” Lapham said Tuesday. “We'll have big parties, celebrations and community events soon but let's not push this too early. We need our local businesses, some of us still need that haircut.”

In a Wednesday update, Lapham said the state-run testing site moved from the Austin County Fairgrounds to nursing home facilities per a mandate from Gov. Abbott to test nursing home clients and staff.

“In speaking with the manager at one of the facilities who has received the test herself, she tells me most of the residents are not bothered by the test. There are a few that don't understand and some that are more difficult. Some are difficult with anything presented to them,” Lapham said Wednesday afternoon. “While I don't like this whole situation, I do appreciate a facility who doesn't thumb their nose at the law. I am proud that we have respectable retirement facilities in Austin County.”

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