A state-mandated cutback in local business operations is likely looming as the concho valley continues to have a large spike in hospitalizations from Covid-19. The Governor had previously declared that if a Trauma Service area sees more than a 15 percent level in Covid-19 patients for 7 straight days, then businesses will have to cut back to only 50 percent customer capacity. With 611 total beds available in our Trauma Service area as of (yesterday) Monday, the service area has exceeded 15 percent threshold for 3 days in a row. The area hit 17 point 2 percent on Monday.
Angelo State University will conduct its annual Christmas Tree Lighting event online this year with a special virtual ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. this evening. A new 23-foot-tall ASU Christmas tree has been placed in the Memorial Oak Grove. Once lit it will remain on display throughout the holiday season. Activities for this year’s virtual lighting ceremony will include a Holiday Pops Concert by members of the ASU Symphony Orchestra, Holiday greetings from ASU administrators and members of campus student organizations, and the lighting of the Christmas tree. The link to the virtual ceremony is available at "angelo dot edu slash angelo Christmas".
The San Angelo Health Department reports that there continues to be a large number of Covid-19 cases being reported recently. There were a total of 131 new positive cases reported on Monday. 28 were PCR cases and 103 antigen cases. There is a total of 9,240 positive cases, with 1,633 active cases and 97 Covid-19 patients currently hospitalized with 18 patients in ICU. Since the last report, they have released 960 cases and contacts of cases. There are 110 pending tests from the combined Shannon campuses.
City Mayor Brenda Gunter and local medical officials are strongly urging everyone 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 White Rose Support Group is hosting its annual candlelight service on Sunday, December 6th, at 6 p.m. This year’s event will be hosted virtually and broadcast live on the Shannon Medical Center Facebook Page. A candle will be lit in remembrance for each baby as their name is announced. The White Rose Support Group is devoted to giving sensitive care and support to parents experiencing the loss of a precious baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or newborn death. For more information, call Robyn Tucker at 325-481-6332.
The Railway Museum of San Angelo’s annual Santa’s Santa Fe Christmas will be held on Saturday, December 5th from 10 am to 4. Santa Claus will be arriving by train at 10 to greet all the children. There will be photo opportunities next to Santa. Pets are welcome, as this year’s event will also include Pet Portraits with Santa from 2 to 4. The Icehouse Brass Band, West Texans, and Wrather Rhodes will perform Christmas tunes as guests partake in shopping a variety of vendor booths. Masks are required when visiting the museum.