Sunday, June 14, 2020

Coronavirus Spreading in San Angelo

The number of positive COVID-19 cases soared over the last two weeks for San Angelo and Tom Green County.  City statistics revealed 53 new cases since the start of Memorial Day weekend.

City Council will deal with a possible super spreader event in their upcoming meeting.

It's not Mardi Gras but is a sizeable gathering where people are highly unlikely to wear masks and social distance.

This is the only one of two COVID-19 related agenda item Council will consider, according to the posted agenda.  The other item involves the issuance of health permits.

Should COVID-19 cases continue to rise it may be wise to postpone the Beer, Bands and BBQ event.

Update 6-15-20:  The City announced 15 new positive cases today with total positive cases reaching 164.  City officials revealed an error from April 26 when a positive case was not added to the count. That is why the total went up 16 today, 15 new plus the April error.

Update 6-16-20:  Ten new coronavirus cases today brings the total to 174.  Several council members asked about a plan to reduce the risk of attendees getting COVID-19.  Event sponsors submitted a risk minimization plan to the city prior to our recent increase of cases.  That plan was not included in council's background packet. Participants are to wear a mask and social distance.  I'm not sure why that would happen at Beer, Bands and BBQ Bazaar when it isn't happening in the grocery store.  Anyway, Council approved the event by a vote of 6 for and 0 against.  This came after Mayor Brenda Gunter encouraged citizens to self isolate to reduce disease spread at the beginning of the meeting.

Update 6-17-20:  The City announced 20 new COVID-19 cases today.  That's 45 new cases in three days.   Add the missed case from April and the total testing positive is now 194.

Update 6-18-20:  NYT highlighted our community as a COVID-19 hotspot due to our soaring number of new cases. Cases have more than doubled since Memorial Day weekend began going from 95 to 194.  Case, case, case, cluster, cluster, boom!  Add another 20 postive cases today.  Total 214.

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