The total number of Coronavirus/COVID-19 cases confirmed in Schleicher County reached 40 on Wednesday, July 22nd, with seven new cases being reported this week, with 19 of those cases being counted as recoveries.

One of the seven new cases, was reported by Reagan Memorial Hospital in Big Lake on Friday, July 17th. Two others were reported by the San Angelo Health Department on Sunday, July 19th.

Four cases were reported by Schleicher County Medical Center Wednesday, July 21st in the center’s weekly update. More details about the 40 individual cases appears in a chart on Page 3 of this edition.

Schleicher County Judge Charlie Bradley continues to resist releasing information about local COVID-19 cases. Similar information is being made public by county judges and county health departments across the state.

So far, the The Eldorado Success has been able to assemble data released by Schleicher County Medical Center and the San Angelo Health Department, along with information on the Texas Department of State Health Services website, although that information has been lagging behind by several days.

A Schleicher County resident was reported positive for COVID-19 at Reagan Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 17th. The Eldorado Success only learned of that case through its affiliation with The Big Lake Wildcat newspaper.

Other Schleicher County cases that may – or may not – have been found in other counties and other facilities is unknown to us at this time.

The Eldorado Success filed an Open Records request with Judge Bradley on Friday, July 17th, seeking information on local COVID-19 cases regularly provided to him,and other county judges in the area, by the DSHS Public Health Region 9/10 Office in El Paso.

So far, he has not responded to the request. The Success will continue to push for the release of the information in order to report the extent of the pandemic here in Schleicher County.

The COVID-19 outbreak was first declared a public health emergency President Donald Trump on March 13th. Texas Governor Greg Abbott followed suit on March 19th and Judge Bradley issued his own emergency order on March 23rd.

The San Angelo Health Department announced Tuesday that a total of 14 COVID-19 victims have died there. One of those deaths, a Hispanic male in his 70s, is attributed to Schleicher County. He died in a San Angelo hospital on July 6th.

The DSHS reported on Tuesday that 223 tests have been conducted on Schleicher County residents. That compares to 117 tests in Sutton County, 313 in Crockett, 172 in Reagan, 183 in Upton, 177 in Concho, 178 in Menard and 9,628 in Tom Green County.

Of the state’s 254 counties, only four rural counties remain without a reported case of COVID-19. Those counties, and their county seats include Loving - Mentone, Sterling - Sterling City, Borden - Gail, and King - Guthrie.

Closer to home, Crockett County is experiencing an outbreak with 118 positive cases reported, 101 of them being considered active. One death had been reported in Crockett County as this edition went to press on Wednesday.

Sutton County tallied 56 positive cases, according to this week’s edition of The Devil’s River news. Eleven of the Sutton County cases are being listed as recoveries by DSHS.

Reagan County list 66 total cases of COVID-19 with two deaths and 12 recoveries.

Emergency orders requiring face coverings to be worn in public have been issued by the each of the respective county judges in Crockett, Sutton and Reagan Counties.