Lakeway mayor reports fewer local COVID-19 cases

Lakeway Mayor Sandy Cox updated the community through a live Facebook broadcast Aug 7. (Courtesy city of Lakeway)
Lakeway Mayor Sandy Cox updated the community through a live Facebook broadcast Aug 7. (Courtesy city of Lakeway)

Lakeway Mayor Sandy Cox updated the community through a live Facebook broadcast Aug 7. (Courtesy city of Lakeway)

The growth in new coronavirus cases has appeared to subside in the Lake Travis region as a result of the use of face masks and social distancing measures.

This is according to an Aug. 7 statement from Lakeway Mayor Sandy Cox, who has been updating the community on the COVID-19 pandemic through weekly live broadcasts.

Confirmed cases in the Lake Travis area increased by 51 since the following week, which brought the cumulative total to 418. Cox estimated anywhere between 80 and 90 of those cases can be considered active.

“That’s actually good news,” Cox said. “We were seeing much larger numbers just a few weeks [ago].”

Cox attributed the downward trend in cases to social distancing, face coverings and the limit on large social gatherings. However, despite the optimistic data, Cox emphasized the need to continue these practices.

Lakeway businesses have experienced difficulties with customers who have refused to utilize proper face coverings, and according to Cox, the Lakeway Police Department has been contacted during those circumstances.

Cox stated: “If the data doesn’t demonstrate to you that mask wearing is important. I’m not sure what’s going to.”

The weekly broadcasts will be halted next week, according to Cox, who encouraged residents to continue being socially responsible and kind to one another amid the pandemic.

“Be patient. Be kind," Cox said. “People are in very different situations. Everyone is affected by COVID-19, and we’re all anxious. We all have some anger; we have some sadness; and we’re dealing with things.”
By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


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