Cunningham: Llano County suffers first two COVID-19 deaths

  • Llano County Judge Ron Cunningham
    Llano County Judge Ron Cunningham

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Llano County is reporting its first two COVID-19 related deaths — both of which occurred within a 48-hour window on July 14-15, County Judge Ron Cunningham announced Thursday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the patients’ family and friends during these trying times,” Cunningham said. “We will continue to make the protection of our community members a top priority. We are grateful for our first responders, health care providers, and community leaders continuing to diligently work together to ensure these solemn occasions are as rare as possible.”

Cunningham said the first death reported was that of an 85-year-old male from Horseshoe Bay who had significant pre-existing medical conditions and passed away on Tueday, July 14. The second individual was a 97-year-old female from Kingsland who also had significant pre-existing medical conditions and succumbed to the illness on Wednesday, July 15.

Llano County has had a total of 91 cases with two deaths. Currently there are 49 active cases with an additional 40 that have recovered. Five total cases, including the two deaths, were hospitalized.

Statewide, there have been 3,561 COVID-19 fatalities as well as 2992,656 positive cases reported as COVID-19 cases are found in 249 of Texas' 254 counties. There are 155,937 patients are estimated to have recovered from the illness, leaving 133,158 estimated active cases. A total of 2,992,102 people have been tested statewide, including viral and antibody testing.

Llano County offers COVID-19 testing for active cases through Llano County Local Health Authority Dr. Jack Franklin. Testing is conducted by appointment only, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Hill Country Direct Care, 904 Ford Street, Llano3. Screening and appointments can be obtained by calling 325-248-6309.

Additionally, on Thursday, July 23, for one day only, Llano County, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and Texas State Health Services will be conducting curative test for COVID-19 active cases from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church located at 800 Wright Street, Llano.

All tests are walk-up and no appointment is needed. Individuals desiring to be tested must have a valid form of identification and a valid email to receive test results.