SAN ANGELO, TX — At of the end of the workday on Thursday, March 12, the Coronavirus is not in San Angelo or Tom Green County, despite persistent rumors on Facebook. Every 15 minutes, we receive a call, email, or message through Facebook asking us to confirm the presence of a quarantined patient at Shannon Medical Center in downtown San Angelo.
“No patients have the virus here,” an emphatic Lyndy Stone, spokeswoman for Shannon told us this afternoon.
Sandra Villarreal, Executive Director for Health Services at the City of San Angelo, said that should a Coronavirus case be reported in the county, her department will officially announce it. Stone confirmed that Shannon is in almost constant contact with county health officials at Villarreal’s office and any announcement about the existence of the virus here will be announced through City and Tom Green County officials at the health department.
“The health department has the lead on announcing this if the need arrises, not us,” Stone said.
Coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19, is a virus. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a speech today that, “Almost 125,000 cases have now been reported to WHO, from 118 countries and territories. In the past two weeks, the number of cases reported outside China has increased almost 13-fold, and the number of affected countries has almost tripled.”
At the website for the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), a constantly updated map shows the spread of the disease. View the map here.
The CSSE map at Johns Hopkins shows 127,000 cases worldwide, 1323 cases in the U.S., and only 22 cases in Texas.
Ghebreyesus said today he believed the spread of the virus can be slowed by “detect, prevent and treat” then “reduce and suppress” the virus.
Shannon Medical Center announced yesterday the availability of free Coronavirus screening through its telemedicine service called Shannon on Demand. There is no charge for the screening.
To start a screening, patients can go to Shannon’s telemedicine website at www.ShannonOnDemand.com. To utilize the service on a mobile device, download the free Shannon On Demand app from the Apple or Google Play app stores. Patients then must create an account by following the prompts to set up their screening. Upon reaching the payment screen, enter the code "SHANNONCOVID19," and the screening will be free.