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Fayette County positive coronavirus cases reach 21

The county's sheriff's office said it expects the number of positive cases to continue to rise.

FAYETTE COUNTY, Texas — Fayette County said it now has a total of 21 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 as of May 6. The county has had 10 recoveries.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office said that on April 2, the county had its largest single-day increase in cases, going from four to 10.

"We expect this number to continue to rise because of the amount of contact some infected individuals had with each other, and with the community," the sheriff's office said on Facebook. "This contact is being investigated closely, and all affected businesses have been notified and appropriate sterilizations actions performed."

FCSO released the following information regarding the cases:

  • McDonald's in La Grange, Texas, announced one case was a store employee that developed symptoms and was then tested. Regional Epidemiologists deemed the store safe to re-open after measures were taken to clean the store.
  • At least two of the patients have been hospitalized at some point.
  • A "cluster" of the cases were located in the central/southern part of the county

Fayette County Judge Joe Weber confirmed the county's first positive case of COVID-19 on March 20.

In a press release, Weber said the person infected had no recently known visits to any Fayette County establishments and is in home isolation. The county is monitoring and investigating the case in collaboration with local and the State health officials of Region 7.

"This should come as no surprise to us. As stated previously, the virus has no restrictions or limitations as to its spread," Weber said. "Please continue to take all measures that have been made known with respect to protecting yourself and others and we will continue to deal with the crisis within the county in a safe and confident manner ensuring we reduce the spread to the greatest extent possible."

Weber also stated that effective Monday, March 23, all County and City offices will continue to be staffed but offices and facilities will be closed to the general public. Weber also said that county residents who require essential or emergency services may call the respective office providing the service and coordinate assistance as needed.

Additionally, all districts and county court proceedings will be canceled through April 3. Any need for special court proceedings will be handled through the district judge's office, Weber's office or the Fayette County attorney's office. 

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