Austin County passes 50 total COVID-19 cases

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Austin County Judge Tim Lapham’s Wednesday update announced the total COVID-19 case number in the county is up to 55 with 30 cases remaining active. Lapham also announced at least one resident had been hospitalized with a possible second hospitalization coming soon.

“Depending on which website you watch, we are in the 50s range,” Lapham said Wednesday. “We have cases all over the county. We have an infant infected up to some in their 70s. … The hospitalized patient has other underlying health conditions.”

Lapham advised residents to use their best judgments when going out into the community, saying nobody knows their health better than the residents themselves.

“You are your own best advocate to stay healthy,” Lapham said. “Give others space, wash your hands and don't touch everything. If you feel safer, wear a mask. If you don't want to go in a store that doesn't require masks, don't go in. You know your health condition, if you have underlying conditions, stay home as much as possible. Avoid large groups. Help others stay safe.”

Lapham’s update also said there is not another mobile testing site scheduled and he still hasn’t received the results from the last state-run testing site from over a week ago.

“Keep supporting the local businesses. I've been eating as much as I can, so I'm doing my part. May need to support the gym industry soon,” Lapham said. “Independence Day is coming up soon. What a great time to get your family outside and celebrate this great country we live in. It may not be perfect, it may have its issues and we may not all like each other, but what better place to live?”

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