TOM GREEN COUNTY, Texas — UPDATE: (4 p.m. March 25): In response to community questions regarding release of information about the two individuals who are confirmed COVID-19 cases, the City of San Angelo released a statement:
"As with any notifiable condition, to include COVID-19, once a positive result is reported to the health department, the department contacts the individual to start a contact investigation. The investigation includes the question of who the positive case was in contact with prior to the lab results being received. Once all contacts are determined, to include phone numbers, the health department begins calling all identified contacts. The health department’s goal is to contact everyone on the patient’s contact list as soon as possible.
Please know we are busy staying on top of the ever-changing environment to best serve the citizens of San Angelo and Tom Green County.
As in all medical situations, the person’s affected by this virus have protections under HIPAA. Therefore, to remain compliant with those provisions, we will only be releasing the information necessary to protect our public."
ORIGINAL STORY: A second case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Tom Green County, according to a press release from the City of San Angelo's Public Information Office.
The individual is a man in his 20s who came into contact with a positive case within the state.
He was tested at one of the Shannon Medical Center drive-thru sites. The patient is in voluntary quarantine, according to the City's release.