COVID-19 positivity rate exceeds 30%

The spike in COVID-19 cases resulted in the closure of the Uvalde school district and a community fitness center, as well as a sidewalk change for the library.

As of Monday, there had been 728 new cases of coronavirus in the county over the past five days, and the positivity rate was around 31.8%. The positivity rate is the percentage of positive tests out of the total number of coronavirus tests performed.

The rapid test site operated by Grand Avenue Pharmacy’s at 220. E. Main St. and the Curative-run PCR testing site at the Willie De Leon Civic Center, 300 E. Main St., were popular, with lines seen at both locations.

The surge in cases has left some facilities short-staffed and led to multiple closures.

Community Health Development Inc. announced Monday evening that the fitness center will be closed this week due to staffing shortages.

The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District and Sabinal ISD also announced temporary closures.

The El Progreso Memorial Library also announced Monday that it will resume curbside service this week until further notice, due to rising COVID-19 cases.

“Story Hours will be presented Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. live and all services such as photocopying, scanning, faxing, laminating and 3D printing will be accepted by phone, mail and email. Books and audio-visual materials can be requested in the same way, and all items will be delivered by appointment to the library’s back door on Garden Street. The book return box near the back door can be used anytime,” Librarian Mendell Morgan wrote in a Facebook post.

Morgan said electronic access to the databases and catalog is available anytime at www.elprogreso.org.

Access to the El Progreso wifi system is available outside for anyone parked near the building in the driveway or near the porches. Library card requests for people 6 and older are available by phone.

To contact the library, call 830-278-2017 or email elprogresomemoriallibrary@yahoo.com.

Vaccinations, tests

Those who still need

vaccination can attend the National Guard vaccination clinics held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday this month at the Willie De Leon Civic Center, 300 E. Main St.

Appointments are not necessary and all three vaccines are available.

Anyone in need of a free COVID-19 test can visit the Curative Inc. Mobile Test Van, parked in the northwest corner of the Civic Center parking lot, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The Grand Avenue Pharmacy operated rapid drive-in test site at 220. E. Main St. is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Friday through Sunday. and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday. The estate is closed on Wednesdays. Pre-registration is available online at tinyurl.com/59at44f9.

jkeeble@ulnnow.com, 830-278-3335

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