First COVID-related death reported in Austin County

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Bellville Medical Center announced Austin County’s first death related to COVID-19 in an update Friday afternoon.

Austin County Judge Tim Lapham confirmed the report in his update later in the afternoon. No other information has been made available about the victim.

BMC and Lapham said the total case numbers in the county was up to 144 with 72 cases considered recovered but Lapham once again said there is a delay between when he gets the list of positive tests and their addresses to double-check to see that nobody was counted twice.

“We are trying our best to give accurate numbers to you,” Lapham said. “I get a daily update every evening of new cases. The update from yesterday said this: Sealy male 50-59, Sealy female 30-39, Brenham female 60-69, Wallis female 20-29, Brenham female 20-29, Sealy female 40-49. Another source gives us addresses. That's how we try to make sure we aren't double counting, but the addresses sometimes come days later and not in the same grouping.”

Lapham said that the cases from Brenham could either live in Washington or Austin County but understood residents’ want for more accurate case counts.

“You don't want inflated numbers, you need to know the truth,” Lapham said. “The numbers the hospital reports are always very close with what I have, and I appreciate all their efforts. All those on the front lines of this deserve our gratitude. Thank you to all those keeping us safe and keeping us free.”

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