Officials with the Wharton County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) said there were 177 recoveries in a Thursday, Sept. 3 report.

It was the highest number of recoveries the OEM reported since July 15 when 86 recoveries were reported from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

The Thursday report also showed there are 604 active cases in Wharton County. There are still 28 deaths being recorded from the DSHS.

The COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting many in WC. Although the Wharton Police Department (Cops n’ Rodders) and the Wharton chamber (Party Under the Bridge) recently announced they will have events next month, the Rotary Club is not one of those.

Rotary President Steve Cochrane told the Journal-Spectator the Legends of Western Music Gala has been cancelled.

“At this point many organizations still rely on the financial support we have been able to provide over the years,” he said in a statement. “Our gala has been our major fundraiser each year, which has allowed us to contribute to many organizations and charities within the community to cover program costs, day-to-day operations, and special projects.”

On Friday, Sept. 4, City Secretary Paula Favors told the Journal-Spectator the City of Wharton and OakBend Medical Center agreed to have free COVID-19 testing for Wharton residents only Monday through Friday, and the first and third Saturday. All testing would be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wharton residents need their driver’s license with physical address (bill or lease agreement required).  

The first testing will be Monday, Sept. 14. Registration will be onsite at OakBend (10141 US 59).

According to the City of Wharton, up to 75 tests will be available per day.

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