Austin County cases hit 41

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Austin County Judge Tim Lapham announced five new cases of COVID-19 after the weekend, bringing the total case number to 41. He also said in his June 15 update that 15 cases remained active and 51 people were tested at the state-supported site on June 14 but those results have not come back yet.

“Majority of the new cases are around the Sealy area. One North of Bellville and one South of Bellville,” Lapham said Monday afternoon. “Almost all of our cases have been in the 20 to 50s (age) range. Two in the teens and Two in the 70s. The younger population is either not getting the virus or is not showing symptoms. And we are doing a good job as a community of keeping our older population healthy.”

Lapham told residents to continue being cautious and practice social distancing and to be aware of the things people expose themselves to while expecting to see some alterations to normal life moving forward.

“I still hate not shaking people’s hands but we are going to get through this,” Lapham said. “Schools will be different in the near future. Credit to the parents for the extra involvement in their child's learning. Businesses are adapting, restaurants are following new restrictions. It's a changing world we are living through in many ways. It is up to each and every one to make the best of each day. You can make someone smile today, you can be the bright spot in one person's day. It's up to you to make it happen.”

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