The San Angelo Health Department reports that there were a total of 14 new positive cases of COVID-19 reported on Friday. 7 from PCR tests and 7 from Antigen tests. There are now 3,655 total positive cases recorded in the county. 160 active cases with 15 victims hospitalized. In the last report, there are 76 pending tests between Shannon Medical Center and San Angelo Community Medical Center and officials released 34 cases.
Officials are strongly urging everyone to continue to follow the state mandate and wear a mask when in public, wash hands frequently, and stay at least 6 feet from other persons.
Angelo State University and Howard College are keeping count of their current Covid 19 cases in students and faculty. Angelo State's latest report shows 21 current student cases of Covid-19 and 2 staff members. So far this fall semester, Angelo State has recorded 81 total cases of COVID-19 among students, faculty, and staff. Howard College reports 1 active case at the San Angelo Campus. The Numbers are updated on the City of San Angelo's Covid-19 web page.
The San Angelo School district reports on their website today 2 new student cases of Covid-19 in the district. The new student cases are 1 at Lakeview High and 1 at Lee Middle School. That brings the total current positive cases in the district to 18.
They say that once a positive a staff or student has been officially released by the CDC, the case will be removed from their web page, as they are only listing active cases.
The City of San Angelo recognized 129 of its employees who have achieved milestone anniversaries with the City within the past year. The employees will receive service awards, which are normally presented at an in-person celebration. Due to COVID-19 precautions, there will not be a formal presentation this year. The 129 employees have a total of 1 thousand 5 hundred 20 years of cumulative service/ 11 employees celebrated 25 years and 4 celebrated 30 years with the city.
Detectives with the San Angelo Police are asking local businesses to train employees to contact the police if they suspect that a victim is in danger of financial loss by prepaid gift card scams. They say if they encounter a customer who is attempting to follow through with placing large amounts of money on prepaid cards, contact police dispatch immediately at (325) 657-4315. Officers are allowed to act under a “Care Taking” function and may be able to speak with the victim and verify if the situation is legitimate or a scam. In addition, if employees encounter a customer attempting to place money on a prepaid card(s) with multiple credit/debit cards that get declined, the cards are more than likely stolen. This is a common scheme to transfer money from stolen debit/credit cards to prepaid cards. When this happens, they strongly suggest that no employee attempt to intervene and engage the possible suspect. If this activity is observed contact police to report suspicious activity.
The San Angelo Health Foundation has awarded more than 9 hundred 16 thousand dollars to eight area nonprofits. The grants encompass mental health, health care, and youth development. The Boy Scouts Texas Southwest Council was awarded 12 thousand 5 hundred dollars to purchase program kits for Cub Scouts. The Boys & Girls Club was awarded 1 hundred 20 thousand to support a Resource Director, purchase two vans and cover costs for an initiative. The Biblical Counseling Center was awarded 24 thousand for the Every Family Heard program. Girl Scouts of Central Texas was awarded 56 thousand for second year funding of the mobile STEM program. House of Faith was awarded 1 hundred thousand to upgrade computers, replace security cameras and install a new phone system. MHMR Services for Concho Valley was awarded more than 2 hundred 86 thousand dollars for the purchase of an Electronic Health Record system. The San Angelo Diabetes Coalition was awarded more than 2 hundred 71 thousand to expand its diabetic education program. Young Life was awarded 45 thousand to support the Developing Future Leaders program.
The Tom Green County election office has begun extended hours for the November election. From now until November 4th, the office will be open from 8 am to 5 pm, including the lunch hour. On October 5th, the office will remain open until 6 pm. To enter the election office after 5 pm, The deadline to request a ballot by mail is October 23rd. The form must be received by the 23rd, not just postmarked. The form may be delivered in person by the voter only. Once early voting, the application cannot be delivered in person. Forms are available on the webpage, under the forms link, can be mailed, or can be completed in person.
The deadline to register or update voter registration information and be effective for the November 3rd election is October 5th. Voters must be registered in the county in which they plan to vote. There is no online registration. The only action that can be taken online is a voter can update their information online at votetexas.gov if they are making the change within the same Texas county.
To register or make a change, a voter registration application must be completed. Blank forms can be found on the Tom Green County Election website: "votetomgreencounty.org", under the Forms link. The forms are also available in the Edd B. and Frances Frink Keyes Building, in the election office located at 113 W. Beauregard or they can be mailed. To contact the election office, call 325-659-6541. The application cannot be turned in personally by anyone but the voter, a parent, child, or spouse. To qualify for the deadline, a mailed application has to be postmarked by 10/5. If delivered personally, it must be in the office by 10/5.
Due to the ongoing challenges with COVID-19, Fort Concho has canceled its annual Christmas at Old Fort Concho event scheduled for the weekend of December 4th through the 6th. Fort Officials say they do not have commitments from their key supporters and participants to create a high-quality event. The fort will be hosting some smaller programs and events to celebrate the holiday season in November and December.
On Tuesday the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office was called to the Langford Wind Power Farm, located in the 11 thousand block of Allen Road in Christoval in reference to an accidental fall victim. The victim, identified as 39-year-old Aaron Scott Johnson of Big Spring was pronounced deceased at the scene. The incident remains under investigation by the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office at this time.