U.S. Senator John Cornyn announed today that the City of San Angelo was awarded a federal grant of 388 thousand 646 dollars to help recover from the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus outbreak. The funding, which was appropriated by Congress last month, comes through the Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the CARES Act. These grants may be used for a range of eligible activities that prevent and respond to the spread of COVID-19, such as: public testing; providing equipment; delivering meals; training health care workers; constructing a facility for testing, diagnosis, or treatment; improving or re-purposing an existing facility for the use of housing or treating patients; and providing grants or loans to support businesses in creating jobs and manufacturing medical supplies necessary to respond to the disease
Effective immediately, the District Clerk’s Office is restricting access to the general public tentatively until April 30th. They will be re-evaluating this decision weekly. This decision was made with the health and safety of my staff and the general public in mind. The District Clerk staff will still be working answering phone calls, accepting E-Filed documents, and answering Emails. If you have an emergency or need immediate assistance that cannot be handled by a phone call or electronically, call the District Clerk’s Office at 325-659-6579.
San Angelo Police are asking residents to help stop a rumor regarding the Police and Covid-19: The San Angelo Police Department is NOT conducting Traffic Stops or Traffic Checkpoints to validate “Essential Businesses/Services Employees.” They hope to let citizens know that this is not taking place and to stop the rumors. For current information about the local Emergency Declaration visit the city's web page at "cosatx dot us."
The owners of San Angelo's Sunset Mall, Jones-Lang LaSalle announced that they have closed the mall to the public pursuant to City's Stay Home, Stay Safe Declaration. The mall will remain closed until April 30th unless terminated sooner. The property owners say the health and well-being of their employees, retailers and shoppers is their top priority. They will continue to follow the direction of the CDC and state/local authorities, but for now, Sunset Mall is closed.
Local officials say scammers are using the Small Business Administration’s name to con small businesses and individuals during the COVID-19 crisis through phone calls, emails, text messages and letters. They say If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the SBA, suspect fraud. Emails from SBA or other legitimate government agencies will always end in ".gov". Do not release any private information (social security number, date of birth, etc.) or banking information in response to an unsolicited caller, letter, email, or text. For help with applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, call 800-659-2955. If something seems too good to be true, then it probably is too good to be true.
In addition to extending and clarifying the city's Disaster Declaration because of the spread of the Coronavirus, officials yestrerday approved several amendments to their order. Those are: 1. No Temporary Permits will be issued for Vendors, 2. The City Manager will enter into agreements with establishments for new shelter places for those displaced by the virus pandemic, 3. the KOA walking trail (Hillside Drive) will be closed to pedestrians, 4. There will be no late fees for water bill payments. The amendments were approved during the emergency city council meeting yesterday.
In order to align with Texas Governor Abbott’s order on Tuesday, the City of San Angelo leaders made some clarifications to their order as it relates to walking, hunting, fishing, boating and golfing.
They say public boat ramps and docks may be used for launching boats, but only members of the same household may be on a boat. There can be no congregating at ramps, docks or parking areas.
Hiking, biking, and walking trails will remain open, but at least six feet of distance must remain between people, and congregating or activities other than walking, running or biking is prohibited.
Golf courses will remain open for golf but all congregating and clubhouse and other facility activities must cease. There can be no more than two people from the same household in the same cart, and proper social distancing must occur at all times between people from different households. Any club carts or equipment must be thoroughly disinfected between users.
Any other facilities not listed may remain open but must ensure no persons from different households can interact while at the facility.
Hunting, fishing, and other solo recreation is not limited by this order if it does not occur with people outside of a single household.
Members of the San Angelo City Council met for a virtual emergency meeting yesterday afternoon. During the meeting Mayor Gunter clarified the statewide restrictions imposed by Governor Abbott and discussed what will be allowed and not allowed in the city to help protect citizens against the Coronavirus. They did not impose a "shelter in place" or "stay at home" rule. After discussions with City Staff and the City County Health Authority, Doctor Vretis, they voted unanimously to extend the declaration of a local disaster until April 30th.
The City is in standard conservation, which restricts outside watering to twice every seven days at no more than 1 inch per week and not between the hours of noon to 6 p.m. Runoff of more than 150 feet down any street, gutter, alley or ditch is also prohibited.
Water violations may be reported to the Code Compliance division either by filling out the form online at https://www.cosatx.us/departments-services/water-conservation/report-a-water-violation or by calling 325-657-4409.
Grape Creek ISD officials say based on recommendations made by President Trump and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Grape Creek ISD will be extending its school closure to May 4th with continued remote instruction. They say the closure may be extended further pending future developments of the COVID-19 Pandemic and recommendations or dictates from governing officials.
Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.
“Through this new effort, we are connecting Texans with mental health professionals who can help provide support to those who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed,” said Sonja Gaines, Deputy Executive Commissioner for Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health Services. “It can be helpful to talk to someone when you are facing anxiety, depression and stress, which are not uncommon to experience in the face of a rapidly changing situation like a pandemic.”
Operated by the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, the support line offers trauma-informed support and psychological first aid to those experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19. Counseling services are confidential and free of charge to people who call the hotline.
Sitel Group, one of the largest customer experience management companies in the world, announced it will begin hiring more than 150 associates immediately to support growth here. All employees can work from home. Interested applicants should visit "jobs.sitel.com" and enter the keyword “San Angelo” to apply. The positions are permanent, work-from-home positions offering career development, benefits and training.
The San Angelo Better Business Bureau is warning local residents about reports of 2 men wearing white scrubs. gloves and masks protective gear going door to door wanting to enter homes to check for Coronavirus Covid19. They say no one should be coming into your home to check for coronavirus. If anyone comes to your home asking to do testing of any kind, do not let them in and contact the Police Department.
Fort Concho officials have decided to close the Fort's visitor center at Barracks 1, at 630 South Oakes Street. It will be closed to the public and remain closed until future conditions improve to allow its safe operations for both guests and staff. The site’s tour and display buildings will also remain closed, but the site grounds will be open for walking. Site maps briefly outlining the fort’s history will be available on the Barracks 1 porch outside the entrance doors.
The fort’s 10-acre parade ground provides a lush, open space for walking and general exercise. As long as the City operates, staff will be working onsite with someone inside the Barracks 1 offices to handle any special issues. Calling ahead at 481-2646 is recommended to ensure staff assistance on site.
All fort events and rentals for April have been canceled or postponed to later dates. Frontier Day will move to Saturday, June 6. The Cowboy Way Jubilee will move to the extended July 23-26 weekend. Future changes and adjustments to the fort’s schedule or events, programs and services will appear on the fort’s website at fortconcho.com and Facebook page.
San Angelo Health officials say that as of the latest testing results released this afternoon. 7 new cases of Covid19 were recorded. A total of 17 persons locally have tested positive for COVID-19. There have been 583 total tests completed, 228 pending, 338 negative and 17 positive. Of the new cases reported today, 5 are family member contacts to previous cases, including one newborn boy, One female in her 60's is travel related and a woman in her 20's is community spread.
Tom Green County Health officials have ordered that no more than 1 hundred customers are to be allowed into all grocery and building supply stores at one time in San Angelo starting today. Stores may have only 1 controlled entrance into the facility that is manned by a person whose responsibility it is to ensure no more than 100 customers are present at any one time. The store should ensure that at all times customers are queued in such a manner that there is at least 6 feet of space between each person. Stores shall take extra measures to sanitize common surfaces including but not limited to carts, baskets, credit card machines, check-out lanes, restroom door handles, sink faucets. All employees shall ensure they maintain proper hygiene through frequent handwashing. Any employee who is exhibiting any symptoms of illness shall be sent home. Failure to obey the rules is a Class B Misdemeanor.
Because of the recent discovery of community spread of the Coronavirus, the city had decided to ban camping at parks located around Lake Nasworthy and Twin Buttes Reservoir. This order will be effective through midnight on April 3rd, but can be continued beyond that date if necessary. As of right now parks in San Angelo are open to the public and they encourage people to enjoy the outdoors and the parks system that San Angelo offers but to do so while maintaining social distancing between yourself and others. The 10-people group limit still stands in San Angelo. They are requiring citizens to continue practicing social distancing and not gather in groups larger than 10 people and they continue to urge everyone to help limit the spread of disease through proper hygiene practices.
The local blood supply level continues to drop as mobile blood drives are canceled. Blood donations are desperately needed. Donating blood is safe. The Vitalant donation center at 2020 W. Beauregard has extended its hours of operation:
Monday -(TODAY) Thursday - 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Call 325-223-7500 for information or to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome!
The Adult Literacy Council of the Concho Valley is partnering with the Concho Valley Community Action Council to help individuals prepare for their 2019 taxes. Last year the volunteers filed over 1800 returns. These individuals make appointments with the Concho Valley Community Action Council at 325-653-2411 and file their returns at the Literacy Council at 59 East 6th Street. The volunteer-tax preparers work year after year helping others.