WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas - As businesses get set to open across the state, Williamson County is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases.
“When the COVID-19 testing was rolled out it was a lot of private physicians and private clinics were able to participate in the process,” Williamson County Health District executive director Derrick Neal said.
County health officials report the 24 new cases reported Friday was due to more testing being done in the private sector. Neal said by law, private practices must report COVID-19 cases to the health district.
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“The reason why it’s so critical is because this is a highly communicable disease and if we aren’t notified be can’t conduct the timely follow up that’s needed,” said Neal.
Part of the reason they need these cases reported is to do contact investigation. “It decreases the chance and risk for this virus to spread In Williamson County,” said Neal.
As businesses are beginning to open up. Neal wants everyone to know the virus is still out there and people need to be vigilant.
“Our community needs to be viable economically and public health understands that we really just need ambassador people who will be good public health that are going to practice social distancing in order for us to recover economically,” said Neal.
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