Suspected cluster of coronavirus cases under investigation at Williamson County nursing home

The Williamson County and Cities Health District is investigating a possible cluster of coronavirus cases at a local nursing home. No cases have been confirmed among residents at this time. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The Williamson County and Cities Health District is investigating a possible cluster of coronavirus cases at a local nursing home. No cases have been confirmed among residents at this time. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The Williamson County and Cities Health District is investigating a possible cluster of coronavirus cases at a local nursing home. No cases have been confirmed among residents at this time. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Williamson County and Cities Health District is looking into a possible cluster of coronavirus cases at an area nursing home. A cluster is defined as two or more cases, said Deb Strahler, WCCHD marketing and community engagement director.

"WCCHD is currently investigating a cluster (two or more cases) at a nursing home, with no cases reported among residents at this time," Strahler said in an April 24 email to Community Impact Newspaper.

Strahler said the county health district was unable at this time to release the name of the nursing home or the city in which the nursing home is located.

No coronavirus outbreaks have been reported at any Williamson County nursing home facilities to date.

The Williamson County Health Authority announced an update in its orders April 23 to align with updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state guidelines on nursing home safety during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a news release.


The update includes orders that all individuals entering the facility must wear a surgical face mask or cloth face covering; only visitors providing critical assistance should be permitted into the facility; and the facility may not admit any individual to the facility with a temperature of 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit or above.

The facility must also screen each resident at least once each shift for coronavirus symptoms, including cough, fever and shortness of breath, it said. Additionally, facilities must follow positive case notification guidelines.

This is a developing story. An updated version is available here.
By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.