Williamson County receiving 500 coronavirus test kits a day for first responders

Williamson County

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Williamson County is receiving 500 COVID-19 test kits a day, according to Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell. Most of those kits are being designated for people most in need of the tests like first responders and nursing home residents.

Gravell provided an update on the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday following the county’s announcement of 10 new cases of coronavirus.

Williamson County’s latest total case count of coronavirus is 97 people with 40 considered recovered as of Wednesday. The county is reporting four people have died due to complications with the virus.

Currently, 13 Williamson County coronavirus patients are on ventilators and 16 are hospitalized, Gravell said.

Following guidelines from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Williamson County extended its stay-at-home order through the month of April. The new expiration date is April 30 which is the same timeline as Abbott’s social distancing order for the entire state.

The county’s Parks and Recreation Department confirmed to KXAN that all county parks and trails in Williamson County will be closed throughout the Easter weekend.

Hearthstone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Round Rock became the first “Secure Isolation Units” for senior patients recovering from the coronavirus after they are discharged from area hospitals. It’s located next to the St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center.

Under the direction of 26th District Couty Judge Donna King, Williamson County created a “Mask Brigade” to assist healthcare workers in need of face masks.

The group is aiming to make around 500 masks over the next five days.

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