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    As of Friday morning, 157 cases have been reported in Bastrop County. This image will be updated regularly as the information on the dashboard changes. View the dashboard at www.co.bastrop.tx.us/page/em.coronavirus.

After a survey of 94 tests for the COVID-19 coronavirus in two Bastrop County nursing homes, one case of the virus has been detected in a staff member.

Bastrop County released a joint statement from its local governments on Monday, May 11 about the results of a recent survey of nursing home facilities in the county. Out of the 94 tests administered, one test showed a positive result. The person with the positive result is being monitored by their physician and is now in isolation, the statement said. During her update to the Bastrop County Commissioners Court at their regular meeting on May 11, emergency management deputy director Christine Files the COVID-19 case was found in a staff member.

To maintain confidentiality for those who have been tested, the names of the nursing homes have not yet been released. Bastrop County has asked the Texas Department of State Health Services to test every resident and employee of the facility as soon as possible, the county’s statement said.

County officials find the results of the survey encouraging.

“This is very good news,” Dr. Desmar Walkes, Bastrop County’s health authority, said in the statement. “Based on other facilities in the MSA (metropolitan statistical area),we are pleased that there appears to be no epidemic of the virus in our local elder-care facilities.

Bastrop County hopes to conduct other tests in these facilities as the tests become available.

“Each new bit of data helps paint a more complete picture,” County Judge Paul Pape said in the statement. “This information from these facilities, home to some of the most vulnerable to severe outcomes from the virus, is welcome information. As we have the capability, we will continue to test the highest-risk populations so that we can make better policy decisions about how and where to respond.”

Bastrop County cases total 132, with 51 recoveries

As of Monday morning, Bastrop County has confirmed 132 positive cases of COVID-19, according to the county’s dashboard.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reports that 51 people have recovered from the illness in Bastrop County; two people have died.

At the same time last week, the county’s total number of cases was 112, with 35 recoveries.

According to data from DSHS, 55 percent, or 73, of the cases are in males, and 45 percent of the cases, or 59, are in females. Nine cases are people between 10 and 19 years old, 15 cases are people in their 20s, 32 cases are people in their 30s, 24 cases are people in their 40s, 29 cases are people in their 50s, 19 cases are people in their 60s, three cases are people in their 70s, and one case is a person 80 years or older.

Out of the three cities in Bastrop County, Elgin still has the highest number of cases with 47 confirmed cases; Bastrop has three cases, and Smithville has nine cases. The remaining 73 cases are from residents who live in unincorporated areas of the county.

Looking at the county data broken down by zip code, Elgin’s region has a total of 63 cases in Bastrop County, with 16 cases from the unincorporated part of the 78621 zip code area. According to the City of Austin’s COVID-19 dashboard, the 78621 zip code has an additional 19 cases in Travis County.

The unincorporated portion of the 78602 zip code, which is the area surrounding the city of Bastrop, has 22 cases. This area includes the Camp Swift and Lake Bastrop regions. Including the cases within the city limits, the 78602 zip code has a total of 25 cases.

The unincorporated portion of the 78957 zip code, which is the area surrounding the city of Smithville, has five cases, bringing the total for that entire zip code to 14.

The rest of the cases in the unincorporated regions of the county are found in the following zip codes:

  • 78612 (Cedar Creek): 17 cases
  • 78616 (Dale): four cases within Bastrop County
  • 78617 (Del Valle): two cases within Bastrop County
  • 78650 (McDade): three cases
  • 78659 (Paige): four cases

See the latest numbers at www.co.bastrop.tx.us/page/em.coronavirus.

The city of Austin’s COVID-19 dashboard, found at www.austintexas.gov/covid19, includes information about hospitalized patients in the five-county Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), in addition to the case numbers for Austin and Travis County. The MSA includes Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson County.

As of Monday morning, the MSA has 89 inpatients in the region’s hospitals, with 31 patients in the intensive care units (ICU) and 21 ventilators in use.

Last week, 91 people were in the hospital as inpatients due to COVID-19, 39 patients were in the ICU and 20 ventilators were in use.

Hours changed for county hotline

The hours for Bastrop County’s COVID-19 hotline have been changed, the Office of Emergency Management announced on Thursday.

The hotline, available for people to seek general information about COVID-19, is now available on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is closed on the weekends. The hotline was previously open for part of the day on Saturdays and Sundays.

The county’s hotline can be reached at 512-303-4300. In addition, Ascension operates a COVID-19 medical hotline at 833-978-0649.