More cases reported in Sealy

City closes parks, county staying open

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Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

The number of coronavirus cases in Sealy has risen to four as of Tuesday evening.

"There are now 4 confirmed cases in Austin County, all in the Sealy area," a release from Austin County Judge Tim Lapham on March 31 states. "Three of the four are connected, one male in his 50's is not connected to the other three. Please continue to limit your exposure by staying home, practice social distancing and wash hands frequently. Stay safe!"

The first case was reported on March 24 of a Sealy woman. She reported on Tuesday morning that her brother, who lives behind her, has tested positive at the same location she was tested at.

Judge Lapham received confirmation on March 27 of a second Sealy resident- the man in his 50s - who tested positive for COVID-19. All patients are quarantined at home.

The City of Sealy has stepped up action to slow the spread of the virus. Due to COVID-19, all Sealy parks are closed, including bathrooms, playground equipment, baseball fields, batting cages, and basketball courts. Walking trails are open.

On Monday, Lapham posted on Facebook that the number of coronavirus patients in the county was still at two but there is a possibility for more.

“My understanding is there were three people testing positive at Bellville Medical Center recently but none of those live in Austin County,” he said.

He then offered some advice.

“You do not want COVID-19. Maybe you are a lucky one who has mild or even no symptoms. But those you may pass it to might not be so lucky. So be safe, be smart, wash and sanitize often. Do it for your parents, your grandparents if they are still with us,” he wrote.

He said he does not currently plan to close down the county.

“To have any hope of businesses surviving and having a resemblance of what we had after this is all over, we need to support our local businesses,” he said. “Most (can survive if) we can keep this from spreading drastically; we can keep the county open. Closing the county would have a detrimental effect on businesses and employees. We ask you to stay home as much as you can. Avoid groups of more than 10. Maintain that new word we’ve all learned: social distancing. And please stay home if you're sick. If you have a sick family member, keep them isolated to a bedroom as much as possible. Stay calm, be smart and look out for each other.”

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