Two new cases of coronavirus/COVID-19 have been recorded in Schleicher County, according to the San Angelo Health Department. Two other cases were reported over the weekend.

Also newsworthy is the announcement by Schleicher County Hospital Administrator Paul Burke that one of the hospital/clinic employees has tested positive for COVID-19. Burke said the employee is quarantined and has not had contact with patients since the onset of symptoms. 

Burke added that the employee in question is included in the total number of cases being reported. He further stated that other employees have returned to work after self-quarantine when their test results were negative. One other employee remains under quarantine awaiting test results.

The San Angelo Health Department no longer categorizes the means of transmission, due to the increased number of cases being experienced in the recent surge.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday, June 26, reinstated a number of COVID-19 related restrictions including banning of alcohol sales by bars to patrons inside their establishment. Take out sales is still permissible.

The governor said that restaurants may remain open for inside dining, but only at 50% rated capacity.

Outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people must be approved by local officials, Abbott said. 

The governor also ordered that all rafting and tubing companies must close.

Meanwhile, the City of Eldorado began locking its doors today (Monday, June 29) to the recent COVID outbreak. The lockdown mirrors an earlier one implemented by the city. City utility customers may pay their accounts online, or by check through the city's dropbox, located on the west end of City Hall.

Here is a list of Schleicher County's 18 coronavirus cases.

June 12, 2020

01) Hispanic male in his 30s -travel related

June 15, 2020

02) Hispanic male in his 30s - exposure to known case

03) Hispanic male in his 20s - exposure to known case

04) Hispanic infant male - exposure to known case

05) Hispanic female in her 20s - exposure to known case

June 16, 2020

06) Hispanic male in his 40s - community spread

07) Hispanic male in his 50s - exposure to known case

June 17, 2020

08) Hispanic female in her 50s - exposure to known case

June 18, 2020

09) Hispanic female in her 20s - exposure to known case

10) Hispanic female in her 20s - exposure to known case

June 19, 2020

11) Hispanic female in her 30s - exposure to known case

12) Hispanic male in his 30s - exposure to known case

June 26, 2020

13) Hispanic female in her 60s

14) Hispanic female in her 20s

June 27, 2020

15) Infant female, pending racial demographic

June 28, 2020

16) Male in 70s, pending racial demographic

June 29, 2020

17) Hispanic male in his 60s

18) Hispanic female in her 70s