Cases of Covid 19 continue steadily in the Concho Valley. City health officials said a total of 73 persons tested positive for Covid-19 reported today. There were 28 PCR test cases and 45 antigen test cases. The total positive cases in the county stand at 15,178, with 1,317 active cases. There are 86 persons currently hospitalized with 19 patients in ICU as of their last report. Since their last report, they have released 296 cases and contacts of cases.
City Mayor Brenda Gunter and local medical officials are strongly urging everyone to continue to wear a mask, wash hands frequently, practice social distancing, and don't attend large gatherings, to help stop the spread of Covid-19.
The City is updating its Drainage Master Plan to help guide future capital projects and priorities for drainage improvements. They are seeking public input on drainage issues that citizens face during storm events as they update the master plan. Public input will be open until to February 5th. They would like to know how storms affect property and neighborhoods. To comment, visit cosatx.us/drainage.
The City of San Angelo’s Finance Department has for the seventh straight year earned the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2019 comprehensive annual financial report from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The City’s comprehensive annual financial report is the annual financial audit of the City conducted by external auditors and approved by the City Council.
The San Angelo Downtown Stroll is becoming Downtown Strong. Originally known as the Art Walk, for the past 13 years, Downtown San Angelo, Inc. has incorporated local art museums and businesses to exhibit their products & services. Celebrating Valentine’s Day they invite everyone to head downtown on Thursday, February 11th from 5 to 8 pm. Follow San Angelo Downtown Strong on Facebook for updates, and contact Downtown San Angelo at 325-655-2345.
A Vitalent blood drive will be on Saturday (1-23) from 11 till 4:15 pm. It's the "Healthy YOU" drive at the Community Room next to Conn's at Sunset Mall. Donors will receive food coupons courtesy of Chick Fil A, Charley's Philly Steaks, Sonic & Fuzzy's Taco Shop. Also, you can enter to win the GRAND PRIZE of a Deluxe popcorn machine. Call 877-258-4825 with the code: healthy you.
Appointments encouraged and walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can also be made by Downloading the Vitalant APP or at bloodhero.com
Area Catholics are planning several events tomorrow (today) to commemorate the landmark January 22nd 1973 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court which legalized abortion in the United States. They are hosting pro-life events including a Prayer Vigil at noon on the Tom Green County Courthouse front lawn. They will also conduct a Pro-Life Procession (weather permitting) with the Knights of Columbus at 5:45 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Downtown. Other pro-life events are planned for Abilene and Odessa on Friday.
The San Angelo School District is reporting steady Covid-19 cases. They report 9 new Covid-19 cases in Students as of Thursday. They have 54 current covid cases in the district. The numbers are reported on the district's website. Angelo State University reports 7 current student cases and 6 staff member cases. In total ASU has reported a total of 3 hundred 23 cases. Howard College San Angelo Campus currently reports no cases of Covid-19, They have had a total of 13 cases.
Goodfellow Air Force Base says members of the 17th Security Forces Squadron were among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccination yesterday. They received the vaccination as part of the first immunization rollout to Goodfellow. In accordance with the Department of the Air Force distribution plan, the vaccine is administered first to those who work on the frontlines, maintain mission essential positions here, and those who are considered high risk. The 17th Medical Group will continue to vaccinate more individuals as the vaccine is further distributed.
City officials say In-person payments have resumed at Water Customer Service and normal operations have resumed at Animal Services. They had previously limited access because of Covid-19 pandemic precautions.
The City has launched a sponsored sweepstakes for water utility customers who enroll or are already enrolled in paperless billing, AutoPay, or online payments. Five winners will be chosen and each awarded a $100 Visa gift card. The sweepstakes will close April 18th. The sweepstakes is sponsored and funded by Invoice Cloud, a provider of secure e-payments serving local governments and utilities nationwide. Customers can enroll in paperless billing, register to pay online, and enroll in AutoPay at cosatx.us/waterbill. For more information, contact the Water Utilities Department at 325-657-4323.
Angelo State University’s online Master of Science in Nursing degree programs have been ranked among the best and most affordable in the nation for 2020-21 by multiple higher education resource guides. ASU offers an online M.S.N. degree with two specialization options. The M.S.N.-Family Nurse Practitioner program is for nurses with a bachelor’s degree who wish to become advanced family practice nurses. The M.S.N.-Nurse Educator program is for nurses with a B.S.N. who wish to teach nursing at the college level and/or at healthcare institutions. ASU’s online M.S.N. programs have been ranked No. 10 in the nation among the “Best Online Nursing Master’s Programs” by OnlineDegrees.com.
Pet owners wishing to take advantage of the low-cost spay and neuter voucher program offered by Concho Valley PAWS will no longer have to get up early on a Saturday morning and stand in long lines. PAWS has upgraded its Spay, Neuter Initiative Program to allow for online sales. For more information, visit "cvpaws dot org, slash vouchers" or call 325-656-PETS.
A more than a million-dollar economic incentive will bring new air service to San Angelo in the spring. Members of the City Council met jointly with the Development Corporation today and approved the 1 point 2 million dollar incentive to Skywest Airlines. Flights directly to and from the Houston Texas International Airport are planned by the end of April. The agreement will be for 2 years. They will use 50 passenger United Express jets with a start of 2 flights daily to and from Houston. City Mayor Brenda Gunter says the new move is a win-win for the city and the airline.
Texas state health authorities say about 2 thousand doses of Covid-19 vaccines are on their way to San Angelo this week. According to the Department of State Health Services, 1,950 doses of the Pfizer vaccine are coming to Shannon Medical Center Pharmacy. Shannon was recently named a HUB by the state for the covid vaccine distribution. Also, the local La Esperanza Clinic should be receiving 100 Moderna vaccine doses. Both entities will be calling patients on a list to set up appointments for the vaccines.
Action by members of the San Angelo City Council meeting jointly with the Development Corporation could bring a second airline to the Mathis Field Regional Airport. Both bodies will meet together Tuesday morning. SkyWest Airlines could soon be flying into and out of Mathis Field to the Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston after the development Corporation and Council approve several incentives to Skywest. The joint meeting with the City Council will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at the McNease Convention Center.
With the City of San Angelo election coming up in May, Candidate filings are taking place at City Hall. As of Friday afternoon, Mayor Brenda Gunter has filed for re-election. Joining in the race for Mayor is Real Estate agent, Silvara Lawson. Other filings include incumbents City Councilpersons Tom Thompson for SMD 2, Lucy Gonzales for SMD 4, and Billie DeWitt for SMD 6. The filing period for candidates will continue through February 12th. For more information about the May 1st election and how to file for election visit "cosatx.us/Elections."
Shannon Medical Center has been recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas with a Blue Distinction® Centers+ for Bariatric Surgery designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities that show a commitment to delivering high-quality patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations. The Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery program provides a full range of bariatric surgery care; including surgical care, post-operative care, outpatient follow-up care, and patient education.
The late Gregorio Gutierrez will be honored at the Railway Museum of San Angelo on Saturday January 23rd. He was the founder of the city's first Bilingual newspaper Conexion San Angelo. Living History tours of the museum on this day will be conducted in Spanish by Angelo State University's Association of Mexican-American Students. The Railway Museum at 703 S. Chadbourne will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. A proclamation naming Gregoria Gutierrez Day will be read at 10 a.m.
Pre-registration for the COVID-19 vaccine through the San Angelo Health Department is now open. The city is still awaiting the next shipment of vaccines to be allocated and delivered and does not have a date yet for when they will receive the next shipment or when our next vaccination clinic will be. The registration process is open to residents of Tom Green County who are over the age of 65 years old. Priority will be given to people who do not have a primary care physician. Once the Health Department has received the shipment, they will contact people on the waiting list to start the process of scheduling vaccinations. Residents can register at cosatx.us/VaccineForm.
The intersection at Concho and Chadbourne Streets is closed for about three weeks. It's part of the Chadbourne Street Improvement project which is being undertaken to replace aging infrastructure and improve pedestrian access in downtown San Angelo. The project extends from the Concho River Bridge to Beauregard. Construction will occur in three phases, with the first phase beginning at the bridge and extending through the Concho Avenue intersection requiring road closure and detours. Access to all businesses in the construction zone will be marked with signage on where to enter.
The project scope includes concrete street reconstruction, ADA accessible sidewalks, traffic signal replacement, pavement markings and signage, street lighting, landscaping, storm drains, utility adjustments, and a large ADA ramp structure to connect the Chadbourne Street corridor to the Concho River trail system.
This project is funded by the City of San Angelo and a Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside grant administered by the Texas Department of Transportation.