First confirmed COVID-19 case reported in San Angelo

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

SAN ANGELO, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – As the outbreak continues across the country, the first Coronavirus case has been confirmed in San Angelo.

According to a release from the San Angelo Health Department, the patient with the confirmed case is in his 70’s.

Additionally, the health department says the man has traveled but does not specify where to or how frequently.

“We have known that COVID-19 was coming to the Concho Valley,” said Dr. James Vretis of the Local Health Authority. “We have been preparing for several weeks for the arrival. I ask members of our community to remember that is is the simple things done correctly that will save lives. Wash your hands, cover your cough and stay away from sick people. Don’t go to work if you’re sick. The simple things you were taught as a child will help us through this disease.”

Officials with Tom Green County say, despite their first case, they believe their 10 people or more restriction is sufficient for now.

“Although we have a confirmed case, we are not surprised and have measures in place to successfully combat this virus,” City Manager Daniel Valenzuela said. “However, we need to be careful not to allow fear to overtake our better judgment. Confirmation of a case in San Angelo should drive us to firmly commit to the CDC guidelines and the declaration issued by the Governor and the San Angelo City Council. In doing so, we can mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our neighbors, friends and loved ones safe. We must work closely together as a tight-knit community to help our city and county recover as quickly as possible. Let us also pray for a quick end to this disease throughout our beloved country.”

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