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!