Williamson County Provides COVID Resources to Employees to Keep Offices Open

Williamson County is providing assistance to its employees, including free coronavirus rapid test kits, so it can help prevent county offices from closing during the COVID-19 outbreak, the judge said. from Bill Gravell County.

“It is the county judge’s intention to keep all offices open,” he said at Tuesday’s commissioners’ tribunal meeting.

County officials announced on Wednesday that the office of the justice of the peace in District 1 will be closed to the public and will work remotely until September 10 due to possible exposure to COVID-19.

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Since July, the county has distributed more than 5,000 test kits to department heads and elected officials to make them available to their employees.

The county has received the state’s free test kits, said Michael Shoe, the county’s director of emergency management. The use of the test kits is voluntary.

If employees contract COVID-19, county officials should tell them about the free monoclonal antibody infusion available in the Austin area, Gravell said. The treatment helps prevent hospitalizations.

Patients need a doctor’s referral and should receive treatment within the first 10 days of illness. The infusion center, provided by the Texas Department of State Health Service and the Texas Department of Emergency Management, is located at the Travis County Expo Center.

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The county has also partnered with Family Hospital Systems to provide free infusion therapy if its employees cannot seek treatment in Austin. The county will pay $ 3,000 per patient if treatment is done through hospital systems.

“I know three people who have had infusions and they all avoided hospitalization,” Gravell said. He said the fact that some schools are closing classrooms due to an increase in COVID-19 cases may affect the availability of some employees.

“The goal is for (county employees) to work in the workplace,” he said, “but if that is not possible due to the possible exposure of their children, we have to be flexible and make it a success for families ”.

The Leander School District has had to temporarily close sixth-grade levels at three colleges and classrooms at 16 other schools due to COVID-19 cases. The Round Rock School District had to temporarily close seven classrooms.

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Williamson County and the Cities Health District reported five new deaths and 542 new cases of coronavirus in the county on Tuesday. The district has reported 549 deaths and 53,551 cases since the start of the pandemic.

State health data as of Wednesday showed that 376,423 people aged 12 and older had received their first vaccine (76.3% of that population) and 324,800 residents aged 12 and older were fully immunized ( 65.8%).

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