DATE: APRIL 27, 2020
Statistics from the Williamson County and Cities Health District(WCCHD) show the City of Round Rock and Williamson County have seen a sharp increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
According to Derrick Neal, of the WCCHD, part of the increase in Williamson County statistics is the result of increased testing in the county and access to testing by private health practitioners. More tests are now being performed so more cases are being detected.
Although the number of new confirmed cases is alarming it is good that we are increasing our ability to test so health organizations can reduce the spread of the virus. Once people who test positive are identified, health organizations can better trace the people they may have had contact with so those people who had contact can also quarantine for 14 days to reduce the spread of the virus.
Huge jump in cases in Round Rock
The reason for the large increase of confirmed cases in Round Rock was the discovery of 46 individuals who tested positive at the Trinity Nursing Home on Main Street in Round Rock. The Cluster was discovered last week and is the first cluster at a nursing home in Williamson County. Those who had confirmed cases include residents of the home and staff. Approximately 30 of the confirmed case are resident and the balance is members of the staff at the nursing home. Over 200 test samples were taken at the nursing home on April 23rd and 24th and they are still waiting on some test results.
The Williamson County and Cities Health District issued the following statement:
“The Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) had its first confirmed cluster of COVID-19 in a nursing facility. Control orders were sent to 43 facilities on March 16, 2020, by the Williamson County and Cities Health District Health Authority. Updated control orders were delivered on April 23 to 65 facilities, to include assisted living, nursing homes, skilled nursing, and long-term care facilities. The investigation is ongoing, WCCHD is working closely with the facility to mitigate the spread among residents and staff. To date, this is the first cluster at a nursing home with 46 confirmed cases of staff and residents. “ The Williamson County and Cities Health District
The nursing home is large that those with confirmed cases can be safely quarantined from those that did not test positive or were not exposed. However, there is concern for those who have been diagnosed with the virus. WCCHD is working closely with the facility at Trinity to mitigate the spread to additional residents and staff.
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