Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a public health emergency last week, forcing the closure of restaurants and bars across the state. He also prohibited public gatherings of more than 10 people in an attempt to limit the spread of the COVID-19/Coronavirus.

 
The governor’s declaration was soon mirrored by local jurisdictions across the state. Schleicher County Judge Charlie Bradley issued his own order on Thursday, March 19th. Schleicher County Commissioners voted to extend it by a week, when they met on Monday.
 
Schleicher County Medical Center Administrator Paul Burke explained on Wednesday, March 25th, that there has yet to be a confirmed case of COVID-19 /Coronavirus in Schleicher County and said he is not aware of any non-confirmed cases.
 
A confirmed case of Coronavirus was reported by Shannon Hospital in San Angelo on Tuesday, March 24th. Meanwhile, a suspected case in Sonora was submitted for a laboratory test. That test was reported on Tuesday to be negative.
 
All of this, and more, has forced the closure of schools and offices across the nation, including here in Eldorado. A partial list of closures and schedule changes follows below.
Schleicher County ISD
All three campuses closed, at least until April 3rd. Study packets are being distributed to students with student meals being distributed curbside each weekday. A map on page 5 of this edition shows the pickup points for all three campuses that will go into effect on Friday, March 27th. FMI visit the school’s website at www.scisd.net or call 325-853-2514.
 
City of Eldorado
City Hall is closed to public. Utility payments may be made online, over the phone with a credit card, or by check. Checks should be placed in the overnight slot near the door on the west side of City Hall. To contact City Hall, call the main number at 325-853-2691.
 
Schleicher County Medical Center Hospital and Clinic
 
SCMC is open and fully functioning but limiting patient visitor access to the hours of 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. All visitors will be screened and must be over 16-years of age and fever-free. Visitors meeting the criteria will be allowed into patient rooms one at a time. The hospital emergency room and Schleicher County Family Clinic are also open and fully functional, however, persons seeking treatment are asked to not bring additional people with them, if possible. More information is available online at www.scmc.us or by calling 325-853-2507.
 
Schleicher County Nursing Home
 
The Schleicher County Nursing Home is fully functioning in service to residents, but is closed to public visitation. More information is available online at www.eldoradocarecenter.com or by calling 325-853-3932.
 

Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative
 
The SWTEC lobby is closed to walk-in traffic. Operations staff, linemen and member service representatives are available by phone at 325-853-2544 and toll free at 1-800-643-3980. Payments may be made online at www.swtec.com, by phone at 325-853-2544, by mail at PO Box 677, Eldorado, Texas 76936, or in the payment drop box at the office at 101 East Gillis in Eldorado.
 
USDA/Farm Service Agency
 
The USDA Service Center is open for business by phone appointment only. Field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. The Service Center building is not currently accessible to customers, but  services are still available via phone appointment or online at https://bit.ly/2WH2WGY. Call 325-853-3535 for more information.
 
Daily Bread and Food Pantry
 
The Daily Bread dining hall at the Eldorado Service Center will be closed until further notice. Dine-in clients who are able to pickup their meals are being asked to come to the back of the facility to receiver their “to-go” meals. Clients who take the CVT bus, or who for other reasons cannot come to the Service Center will be added to the home delivery list. Regular homebound delivery service will be carried out as usual.
Precautions are also being taken for the Second Harvest Food Pantry distribution. All current clients will be directed to proceed to the pick up area and bypass the monthly interview. 
 
Church Services
 
All Eldorado churches have either dismissed services or  holding them online and are planning to do so for the foreseeable future.
 
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church - Dismissing all services until further notice.
 
First Baptist Church (www.fbceldoradotx.com)
 
Templo Getsemani is holding small group services of 10 or less on Sundays with separate English and Spanish services.
 
First Presbyterian Church (www.fpceldorado.com)
 
First United Methodist Church - view ZOOM. Contact jlarson@riotx.org FMI.
 
Community Baptist Church (https://www.facebook.com/CBC.Eldorado/)
 
Mertzon Highway Church of Christ - Dismissing all services until further notice.