BROWNWOOD and SAN ANGELO, TX — A second confirmed case of COVID-19, caused by the coronavirus, was detected in Brown County. The City of Brownwood is the county seat. Meanwhile testing of residents in San Angelo has ramped up considerably, though no COVID-19 cases are reported in Tom Green County or San Angelo as of Friday at 4:30 p.m.
The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department said the infected person is a male in his 70s and is currently in quarantine. The county has an epidemiologist investigating how the man was infected and said that travel was not involved.
“We are working with the person to identify any close contacts he had and will follow the guidelines of the CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services in regard to isolation requirements,” said Lisa Dick, Health Administrator of Brownwood / Brown County Health Department.
On March 18, the first coronavirus case was reported in Brown County. That person was a woman in her 60s “with limited community contact,” the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department stated then.
Brownwood is located 106 miles east-northeast of San Angelo on U.S. 67.
While no cases of anyone having COVID-19 in San Angelo have emerged, testing was quickly ramped up Friday. At the end of Friday, March 20, the City of San Angelo Heath Department reported:
- 108 total tests taken
- 16 negative tests
- 92 tests are pending, awaiting the results from the lab
Today, a Shannon Medical Center spokeswoman said the labs are turning around the tests in about seven days.
The day prior, on Thursday, March 19, the City of San Angelo reported having conducted 68 tests, 11 tests returned negative, and 57 were still pending at the lab in Tom Green County.
Monday, March 23, coronavirus tests will be available at an outdoor drive-thru testing center at Shannon Medical Center near the intersection of E. Beauregard Ave. and Oakes St. A senior health care professional such as a doctor must approve the testing, and will do so based upon CDC guidelines. Shannon is stationing a doctor or nurse practitioner at the drive-thru testing area for on-the-spot testing decisions. The drive-thru testing is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Shannon corrected the drive-up testing hours to be 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., not 8 a.m.