Austin County COVID-19 cases reach 45

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Austin County Judge Tim Lapham announced in a Monday update that the total COVID-19 case number sat at 45 as of that afternoon, with an estimated 18 of those cases remaining active.

“No deaths and no hospitalizations,” Lapham said. “When we first started dealing with this virus, the older population was our greatest concern. I think this age group has done an excellent job of being safe.”

On the other hand, Lapham said the focus is now shifting to the younger generation with many of the cases falling between the 20 to 50-year-old range, Lapham said in a previous update. With Harris County recently reinstituting a mask order, Austin County’s judge said he does not foresee putting one in place in this area although he cautioned citizens to use their best judgment.

“I think our citizens are capable of making the decision for themselves about wearing a mask. If you feel like you need to wear a mask to stay safe, by all means wear one,” Lapham said. “At work, at the store or at home, you can make that decision. If you don't feel comfortable in a situation or business, don't stay there. If that keeps you from getting the things you need to survive, call that store. Everyone I have spoken with has been more than willing to help people feel safe.”

Austin County still had the lowest total case number out of the surrounding areas as of 3:40 p.m. Monday. Only Colorado (55) and Fayette (66) Counties remained under 100 while Waller (114), Wharton (118), Washington (235) and Fort Bend (3,069) Counties have hit at least triple digits. Harris County was still the state’s leader with 21,053 total cases.

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