After several days without a positive COVID-19 test attributed to Schleicher County, a new one was listed Monday, July 27th on the daily report issued by the San Angelo Health Department.

A Hispanic female in her 30s, became Schleicher County’s 41st case of Coronavirus/COVID-19. She tested positive on an antigen test, one of two types of tests administered in San Angelo.

Positive antigen tests are believed to be highly reliable, while negative antigen tests are not as trustworthy, and usually require a followup PCR test.
Both tests are conventional nasal swab tests, but the PCR test is the one with which most people are familiar.

Among Schleicher County’s 41 positive cases, are 21 that are counted as recoveries, and one death, a Hispanic male in his 70s who died in a San Angelo hospital on July 6th.

Increasing numbers of positive tests have been reported in neighboring counties, along with a surge in deaths, several connected to nursing homes.
Crockett County has tallied four deaths in addition to 135 positive tests. Five deaths have also been reported in Reagan County, where 51 positive cases and 25 recoveries were reported on Monday.

Meanwhile, just south of Eldorado, Sutton County has tallied 65 positive tests, and the National Guard has been called in to man a mobile test site for the third time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The mobile site will be set up Wednesday, July 29th, in the parking lot of the LMH Hospital Wellness Center at 308 Hudspeth Street in Sonora. It will operate from 9 a.m until 4 p.m. No preregistration or reservation is required. Tests will be conducted on a first come, first serve basis.