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The Bastrop County Health Authority is now confirming 50 positive cases of COVID-19 and two deaths as of April 21.
The county says seven patients have recovered as of April 21.
The second death was reported on April 17. The county said it was a 56-year-old man from an unincorporated area of Bastrop County.
“Our hearts are heavy to announce the passing of a second citizen to the COVID-19 virus. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones,” said County Judge Paul Pape. “This untimely death is more evidence of the severity of this outbreak and the need for everyone to take all precautions to avoid the spread of this deadly virus.”
The county reported its first case on Saturday, March 21.
The first reported case involved a 37-year-old resident of Bastrop County. The second case involved a 33-year-old woman, who is also a resident in Bastrop County.
"Indications are that her exposure is travel-related, and not a result of community spread," the county said.
The county said it was working with the Texas Department of State Health Services to identify and notify any contacts the individual may have had.
The third case of COVID-19 was a 31-year-old woman. She is quarantined in her home under a doctor's care, Bastrop County said. The positive test result is the first from sampling done at the county's test site.
“We fully expected to see cases in our county and have been diligently preparing for this situation,” said Christine Files, Bastrop County emergency management coordinator. “We have been in regular communication with local and state health authorities and with our local community partners to ensure that CDC protocols are established and followed.”
According to Bastrop County, a separate case had been reported on social media involving a resident of another county.
"As we serve people from surrounding counties, there will be cases occurring that we are not at liberty to disclose," a spokesperson said in a release.
The first death related to COVID-19 was a 58-year-old male from Elgin, officials said.
“This troubling news hits close to home,” said Elgin Mayor Chris Cannon. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Again, I ask everyone to please take this situation seriously and limit contact with others.”
Bastrop County residents with COVID-19 questions are asked to call the county’s hotline at 512-303-4300. For questions about symptoms, residents can call the Ascension COVID-19 Medical Hotline at 833-978-0649.
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