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July 7, 2020

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July 2, 2020 

Information about parks

  • Most parks inside San Angelo city limits are open
  • Lake Nasworthy parks and beaches are closed to public access through July 13. All activities (including camping) will be prohibited in city parks around Lake Nasworthy.
  • Public boat ramps will remain open so people can launch their boats into the lake
  • Tom Green County Parks closed for all activities beginning on July 2 (parks outside city limits but still inside Tom Green County

  • Parks closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    • All City of San Angelo and Tom Green County parks and recreation areas will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for all purposes, including overnight camping.
    • This order takes effect at midnight on Friday, June 26, 2020 and will extend until midnight July 13, 2020.
    • View the full declaration here.

Michael Wood, MD, Hospitalist at Shannon Medical Center, speaks about the importance of reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Tom Green County. Michael Wood is a part of the team treating the hospitalized COVID-19 patients at Shannon Medical Center.

Michael Wood, MD, Hospitalist at Shannon Medical Center, speaks about treating hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Tom Green County.

 

Press conference with Shannon Medical Center, providing an update on COVID-19 in San Angelo.

 

COVID-19 Daily Positive Case Update

(See weekly infographic reports below)

July 9, 2020 

Total positive cases: 770

Active cases: 482

Currently hospitalized: 48

There are 44 new positive cases of COVID-19 to report today:

  • Female in her 30s, white, Tom Green County (TGC)
  • Female in her 20s, white, TGC
  • Male in his 20s, white, TGC
  • Male in his 20s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Male in his 20s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Female in her 50s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Male in his 60s, Hispanic, Sutton County
  • Female in her 20s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Female in her 40s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Teenage male, Hispanic, Crockett County
  • Female in her 40s, Hispanic, Crockett County
  • Male in his 80s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Male in his 20s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Female in her 50s, Hispanic, Sutton County
  • Female in her 20s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Female in her 20s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Male in his 50s, Hispanic, Crockett County
  • Male in his 30s, Hispanic, Reagan County
  • Male in his 60s, white, TGC
  • Female in her 30s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Female in her 50s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Female in her 20s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Female in her 30s, white, TGC
  • Female in her 20s, white, TGC
  • Male in his 70s, white, TGC
  • Female in her 30s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Female in her 60s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Female in her 60s, white, TGC
  • Male in his 70s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Female in her 70s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Female in her 50s, white, TGC
  • Female in her 70s, Hispanic, Sutton County
  • Male in his 80s, Hispanic, Sutton County
  • Male in his 50s, Hispanic, Menard County
  • Female in her 20s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Male in his 60s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Female in her 30s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Female in her 70s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Teenage male, Hispanic, TGC
  • Female in her 70s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Male in his 40s, white, TGC
  • Female in her 20s, white, TGC
  • Female in her 40s, Hispanic, Crockett County
  • Teenage male, Hispanic, Crockett County

The pending racial demographic information from the 7/8 report is now available:

  • Female in her 50s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Teenage female, Hispanic, TGC
  • Female in her 40s, white, TGC
  • Male in his 30s, Hispanic, TGC
  • Female in her 70s, Hispanic, TGC

July 7, 2020

The City of San Angelo Health Department has confirmed the fourth COVID-19-related death in Tom Green County. The patient was a male in his 70s with underlying health conditions. We do not have any further information at this time.

 

As of 6/24/20, we are going to stop listing the types of transmission due to increased difficulty in accurately identifying the original method of transmission. All cases can be classified as “community spread” at this point.

Released Cases 

This number is inclusive of positive cases as well as people in contact with positive cases who were also in quarantine or isolation.

 

COVID-19 Weekly Reports

Updated on 07/03/2020 11:16 AM

Weekly COVID-19 test reports for Tom Green County. Updated every Friday.

Links

Centers for Disease Control  

Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19 dashboard

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Local Health Authority

A local health authority is a reputable physician appointed by either the health department or county commissioners to implement both state and local laws relating to public health.

San Angelo’s local health authority is Dr. James Vretis, an emergency medicine physician with 41 years of experience in his field and numerous other roles within the medical community. Vretis has served as San Angelo’s local health authority since July 2017.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Vretis’ position as local health authority is more crucial than ever. Some of his important duties include deciding on and implementing restrictions that the general public has to abide by under law. An abundance of research precedes each and every decision, he said, and every order he issues is in the best interest of the public’s health.

Some of Vretis’ responsibilities reside at a more personal level. If someone has been ordered to self-isolate or quarantine themselves, Vretis is the one who not only established those orders but is also tasked with maintaining and enforcing them. So, say someone tested positive for COVID-19. Under Vretis’ authority, that person would be ordered to isolate themselves to prevent spread of the disease. In partnership with the health department, Vretis would monitor the person to make sure they are obeying the orders and make any arrangements necessary to help them comply (such as grocery delivery).

Whatever the situation, Vretis must be ready and willing to protect the health of the citizens of San Angelo. So, the next time you hear about a public health-related decision in place, such as occupancy limits at bars or restaurants, know that a highly qualified medical professional put in much research and thought before making that decision.

Vretis also serves as medical director for the San Angelo Fire Department, Grape Creek Volunteer Fire Department and Carlsbad Volunteer Fire Department. His other roles include serving as Tactical Medical Director for the Tom Green, Concho, Sterling and Reagan sheriff’s offices. In addition, Vretis is a SWAT team physician for the Department of Public Safety and the Texas Ranger Special Operations Group SRT4.

He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services and is on the Board of Advisors for the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care. He has lectured and presented at many national and international conferences in the recent past, including the Special Operations Medical Scientific Assembly, Western Pediatric Trauma Conference, Pediatric Trauma Society, Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care and the National Association of EMS Physicians Scientific Assembly.

To contact Dr. Vretis, please email him at james.vretis@cosatx.us.

City of San Angelo Disaster Declaration 

April 30, 2020 - (English document linkSpanish document link) - Extending our declaration to follow Governor Abbott’s direction. 

Governor Abbott's Executive Orders

Visit open.texas.gov for the most up-to-date guidance from the governor on activities, services and restrictions in the state of Texas related to COVID-19.

 

Visit the governor's website here.


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Common human coronaviruses can cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, such as the common cold. There have been coronaviruses that have caused more severe illness, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). 

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

While there is no current vaccine to prevent infection with 2019-nCoV, as with other respiratory-transmitted diseases, there are certain preventative measures to help stop the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces.

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

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These measures are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses.

Because this is a rapidly evolving situation, for the latest developments and additional guidance on the 2019-nCoV for the public, healthcare professionals, and travelers, visit the CDC and DSHS websites.   

Centers for Disease Control  

Texas Department of State Health Services  

For any further information, contact us at 325-657-4214 or 325-657-4493.