COVID-19/coronavirus made its way last week onto the Schleicher County ISD elementary campus where a 4th grade teacher tested positive for the virus. Superintendent Robert Gibson, Sr. reported the news on Friday, October 9th, and added that, so far, no students have tested positive for the virus.

The teacher notified school officials late Thursday, October 8th, Gibson said, and the families of the fourth graders in the class were immediately contacted.

Gibson says the students were kept out of school on Friday, October 9th and noted that all students were out of school on Monday for a teacher work day. The one class of fourth grade students continued to remotely learn from home on Tuesday, October 13th. They returned to class on Wednesday, October 14th.

Gibson said that, in accordance with the school’s COVID-19 protocols, it was not necessary to test the students since the teacher had worn a mask in class and had maintained social distancing in the classroom. He added that it has been determined that it is best to continue regular on-campus instruction at SCISD and carry on with school-related activity.

Meanwhile, two staff members tested positive at the Schleicher County Nursing Home last week. Nursing Home Administrator Pam Stokes announced last week that two staff members tested positive and were immediately sent home. She notes that neither of the employees had been in direct contact with nursing home residents and said that resident family members have been notified of the situation.

Stokes explains that, in accordance with state and federal protocols, family visitation has been suspended. She added that families will be allowed to schedule visits in the near future, provided there are no more cases. Stokes also emphasized that none of the nursing home residents have tested positive and explained that the staff continues to follow all health and safety protocols.

Similarly, SCISD officials are following the school district’s COVID-19 protocols. Superintendent Gibson said in a statement that after consultation with local health officials and in consideration of state and federal health guidelines, it has been determined that it is best to continue regular on-campus instruction and school-related activity.

Neither the school nor the nursing home identified the employees involved in the three reported cases or whether they live in Schleicher County.

However, on Friday, October 9th, the San Angelo Health Department (SAHD) reported that an Hispanic male in his 20s from Schleicher County had tested positive for COVID-19.

Then on Monday, October 12th, SAHD reported a white female in her 30s from Schleicher County had tested positive for the virus.

Those cases represent the county’s 70th and 71st positive COVID-19 tests since the outbreak began in Schleicher County on June 12th. There have been two deaths attributed to the virus. A list of Schleicher County’s COVID-19 cases appears below.

According to information provided by the Department of State Health Services only two active cases remain in the county, as reflected in the chart above.