The number of active COVID-19 cases climbed sharply here this past week, peaking at 41 on Sunday, September 12th, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

By Wednesday that number had declined to 39. Meanwhile, the number of active cases in neighboring counties also spiked, but had started to decline in some instances, but not all.

Tom Green County saw its cases soar to 1,883 on Wednesday. Numbers remained high in other hot spots, including Lubbock where case totals reached nearly 5,000, declined a bit, only to surge again, climbing to 4,739 on Wednesday.

The COVID-19 death of a Schleicher County woman in her 70s, reported last week by the San Angelo Health Department, still has not shown up on the statewide report issued daily by DSHS.

The totals from that report, as well as a vaccination report tallied each day by the Centers for Disease Control, appear in the chart below.

Five SCISD students have tested positive since August, 30th, according to text messages the school sends out to parents.

Paul Burke, administrator at Schleicher County Medical Center, reported that 11 positive tests were conducted at his facility this week, with all of those being local. Included in that number were four children ages 11 months to teens and seven adults ranging in age from teenage to a woman in her 80s.

Farther north, the San Angelo Health Department attributed five additional positive tests to Schleicher County residents including two women, ages 23 and 60, two males, ages 23 and 30, and an 11-year-old girl .

Some 49 local residents receiving a vaccine dose this week. That compares to 74 last week and 82 the week before that. According to the CDC, a total of 2,155 doses having been administered as of Tuesday, September 7th. Of that number, 1,012 people are considered to be fully vaccinated.

Paul Burke explains that Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available at Schleicher County Family Clinic. He notes that only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for those under the age of 18, and it is only approved for those at least 12 years of age.