BASTROP COUNTY, Texas - The Bastrop County Health Authority says it has confirmed the third local death from the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
The person who died has only been identified as a 62-year-old male from Elgin, in northern Bastrop County.
“Know that the prayers of Bastrop County are with this family as they mourn their loss,” said Dr. Desmar Walkes with the Bastrop County Health Authority in a news release.
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The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Bastrop County as of today is 200, with 85 recovered and this number continues to rise.
Christine Files, the Emergency Operations Center Director, adds, "Our heartfelt condolences go out to this gentleman’s family, friends, and community. We are nowhere near the end of this crisis. It is important that we come together as neighbors and choose to change our behaviors for the public good."
Dr. Walkes says it's important that all people in Bastrop County take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against COVID-19 as people slowly resume normal lives and as cities gradually reopen in accordance with Governor Greg Abbott's guidelines.
"I think it is the right time to do this, however as we move from crisis mode to sustained mitigation and management, we cannot become complacent. A strong economy is important so reopening is necessary but it is important we take on the personal responsibility to keep our families and loved ones safe by practicing social distancing, choosing to wear face coverings in public, and washing our hands often," Dr. Walkes says. "Until we have a vaccine, we must learn to live with the threat of this disease and manage its spread through these simple actions.”
Officials urge people to continue to take the following actions;
- Continue to observe social distancing recommendations, especially in large gatherings
- Limit unnecessary trips
- While face coverings are not mandatory, we strongly recommend and encourage their use for the safety of everyone especially when social distancing is not an option
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
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