Williamson County reports first coronavirus cluster at nursing home, 46 confirmed cases

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas - Williamson County officials have reported the first cluster of COVID-19 coronavirus at an area nursing facility. 

An ongoing investigation led by the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) has reported that this is the first cluster at a nursing home with 46 confirmed cases of staff and residents. 

“Our top priority, from the beginning, has been to protect our most vulnerable residents,” said County Judge Bill Gravell. “We are putting all of the resources we have available into isolating this cluster so that no others will be infected.” 

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According to the county, WCCHD is working closely with the facility to mitigate the spread of the virus among residents and staff. 

“It was truly a partnership to be able to immediately take action to test all patients and staff. We appreciate the support from the nursing home staff, Williamson County EMS, Sheriff’s Office and others," said Dr. Lori Palazzo, Williamson County, and Cities Health District Health Authority. 

The location of the nursing home was not included in the report from the county. 

Updated control orders issued on April 23, stipulate that if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a facility, all patients, staff and next of kin must be notified.

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Additionally, in the event of a cluster at a facility involving two or more patients, the facility: 

Will be restricted from receiving any new patients into the facility or any returning patients to the facility until the facility has been cleared by the WCCHD. Will be required to make available for testing, if requested, all clinical staff, non-clinical staff, and contractors.  A “Strike Team” of additional personnel and equipment may be deployed to supplement staffing at your facility until the facility outbreak is controlled as determined by WCCHD.  Williamson County sees spike in COVID-19 cases

County health officials report the 24 new cases reported Friday was due to more testing being done in the private sector.

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