The San Angelo Health Department reported Saturday, August 28th that a Schleicher County woman in her 70s died there of COVID-19. The news came as Shannon Hospital was said to be at capacity. Hospitals across the state are reporting the same thing.

The latest death brings to eight the number of Schleicher County residents whose death’s have been attributed to COVID-19 since the first case was recorded here in June 13, 2020. The county’s first death occurred on July 6, 2020.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 28 active COVID-19 cases in Schleicher County on Wednesday, September 1st. That’s down from 30 over the weekend and compares to 23 active cases one week ago.

The increase is similar to case totals in counties across the state and is being widely attributed to the advent of the Delta variant of the virus which is said to be much more contagious than earlier strains of the disease.

Neighboring counties have also seen an increase in recent weeks. Sutton County’s total rising above 70 over a week ago, but settling at 43 on Wednesday.

Tom Green County’s active case total rose from 1,542 last week to 1,848. The trend is much the same in other West Texas counties.

Paul Burke, administrator at Schleicher County Medical Center, reported that nine positive tests were conducted at his facility with all of those being local. Included in that number were four youths ages 10-20, a male in his 20s, female 30s, female 40s, male 50s, and a female in her 70s.

Farther north, the San Angelo Health Department attributed four additional positive tests to Schleicher County residents including a five-month-old girl, a male in his teens, a male in his 30s and a female in her 40s.

A steady rise in the number of COVID-19 vaccinations continues with 74 local residents receiving a vaccine dose this week. That compares to 82 last week and 43 the week before that. According to the CDC, a total of 2,106 doses having been administered as of Tuesday, August 31st. Of that number, 983 people are considered to be fully vaccinated.

Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available at Schleicher County Family Clinic.