COVID-19 Update – City of San Antonio Neighborhood & Housing Services update

City of San Antonio – Municipal Government Neighborhood and Housing Services Department is here for emergency assistance during COVID-19.

Households experiencing an emergency and hardship should submit an assessment online HERE

COVID-19 Update – Child Possession Schedules

We have had questions regarding child custody schedules. Child possession schedules establishing access to a child under a court-ordered possession schedule are not affected by the “Stay Home, Work Safe” shelter-in-place orders that go into effect at 11:59pm today, March 24th.

Here is also a helpful article HERE 

COVID-19 Update – City of San Antonio and Bexar County announce Stay Home, Safe Orders 3/23/20

City of San Antonio and Bexar County announce
Stay Home, Work Safe Orders

INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF 6:00PM
SAN ANTONIO (March 23, 2020) — Today, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Judge Nelson Wolff issued separate but joint Stay Home, Work Safe Orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The order is effective beginning at 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020 and if approved by City Council at this Thursday’s meeting, will last until 11:59 p.m. on April 9, or until it is either rescinded, superseded or amended.

“As you know, and as we expected, the number of positive cases is growing. We need to take additional steps now to slow the spread. The actions I announced today can be summed up as short-term pain in exchange for long term benefit,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg.

Mayor Nirenberg added, “If we do this right – and right away – we suffer fewer consequences in the long term, such as loss of family, friends or neighbors who may be particularly vulnerable right now. If we do this right – and right away – we also position our community to emerge from this crisis more quickly. We give our businesses and institutions an earlier opportunity to begin the recovery process. So, I’m asking every single one of us – every San Antonian, every Bexar County resident – to do our part to halt the spread of the virus. Stay Home and Work Safe.”

“We are facing two major challenges—a public health challenge and an economic challenge. We must work to together to balance the need to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 as to not overwhelm our hospital system while trying to preserve jobs and people’s livelihoods by ensuring as many of our citizens remain employed and able to provide for their families,” stated Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.

“This is a step that your local government can do but we need each and every one of our citizens to do their part so that we will get through this with the least amount of disruption.”

The City’s order is linked Here

The County’s order is linked Here

COVID-19 Update – City of San Antonio Emergency Assistance Update

City of San Antonio – Municipal Government Neighborhood and Housing Services Department is here for emergency assistance during COVID-19.

Households experiencing an emergency and hardship should submit an assessment online Here

COVID-19 Update – The importance of staying home.

Please share this article with family and friends! This explains why we need people to stay home as much as possible.

“Why You Shouldn’t Go To Your Friend’s House While Social Distancing – Social distancing during COVID-19 means you Facetime instead of heading over to your friend’s house to hang. We don’t want to spread this.”

“Seeing your friends IRL right now is kind of like playing a game of pool where coronavirus is the cue ball, said Kirsten Hokeness, professor and chair of the Department of Science and Technology at Bryant University and an expert in immunology, virology, microbiology, and human health and disease.

‘If the white ball is the virus and you have a table full of balls to target, the ‘virus’ has a lot of options,’ she said. ‘Your friend, people your friend lives with, including anyone who’s older or has underlying conditions who’s more susceptible. Start taking those balls off of the table until they are gone, and now it has nowhere to go.’

Without a coronavirus vaccine, the only means we have to limit the spread of the virus is to prevent it from being able to go from one host to the next.

‘The virus needs a host to keep going,” Hokeness said. “It can’t live on its own, so it needs you and your friends as a vehicle to keep spreading. If it infects someone and then has nowhere else to go, it stops right there.’

When you keep getting together, even in very small groups, ‘you run the risk of giving the virus one more chance to persist in the population,’ Hokeness said.”

Read the article HERE

COVID-19 Update – IDRA Update

IDRA’s update on the impact of COVID-19-related policies on schools, students and families.

Read it HERE

Resources and trainings for teachers, school administrators, families, and communities are also on their Learning Goes On website HERE

COVID-19 Update – City of San Antonio Update Update, 3/22/20

Who: City of San Antonio – Municipal Government

What: City of San Antonio COVID-19 Update, 3/22/20

Summary: It is with deep sympathy that we confirm Bexar County’s first #COVID19 related death. The woman, a patient in her 80s, was being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center & had a history of underlying health issues. The patient passed on 3/21/2020, more information found HERE 

If you believe you have been exposed to the virus & have symptoms, call your physician or an urgent care clinic for an assessment & referral. Those who cannot afford a doctor’s visit may call San Antonio Metro Health’s COVID-19 hotline at 210-207-5779 (M-F 8AM-7PM; Sat/Sun 8:30AM-4:30PM)

More information about preventing the spread of COVID-19, information about testing and other useful resources for residents, providers, and businesses can be found HERE.  

Reminder that Mayor Ron Nirenberg‘s Fourth Public Health Emergency Declaration is in effect until April 18 at 11:59 PM. Violation of this declaration can be reported to the San Antonio Police Department’s non-emergency line: 210-207-SAPD. View the full declaration Here 

Bexar County, Texas Judge Nelson Wolff‘s executive order remains in effect. The order reduces public gatherings to 10 people or less, suspends evictions for rental property owners for 30 days, suspends foreclosure proceedings for 30 days, & addresses price gouging & penalties.

We continue to post daily case updates at www.sanantonio.gov/covid19. As of today, there are 45 positive COVID-19 cases (26 travel-related, 7 close contacts of previously diagnosed cases, 10 community transmission, 2 under investigation).

Older adults & people with underlying medical conditions seem to be particularly susceptible to COVID-19. To view, CDC recommended precautions for older adults, visit HERE

🚨To sign up for COVID-19 alerts🚨:
Download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores
Text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates
Follow @COSAGOV
Bookmark www.SanAntonio.gov

COVID-19 Update – Local Restaurants Offering Curbside

Find restaurants offering curbside takeout during COVID-19 pandemic. This map by NOWCast SA helps San Antonians locate and support local restaurants that are cooking meals for purchase and providing curbside pickup. This is an effort to support our local small businesses during the time of social distancing to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

See full-screen map HERE

Learn more HERE  

COVID-19 Update – Governor Abbott Press Conference, 03/22/20

What: Texas COVID-19 Press Conference, 03/22/20 at 3pm

Who: Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd, DSHS Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt

Summary:
-Governor Abbott issued two new executive orders to expand capacity:
1) Directing all licensed health care professionals and facilities to postpone all surgeries/procedures that are elective and not medically necessary.
2) Suspending certain regulations to increase capacity of hospital rooms that are available. Hospitals will be able to treat more than one patient in a room, freeing up hospital beds across the state.
-43 counties in Texas have positive cases.
-State Dept. of Health Services website displays the number of CONFIRMED cases. You may see a different number shown in other places such as the Johns Hopkins website which includes PRESUMED positives as well.
-6 deaths from COVID-19 in Texas to date.


-On March 20, 2,335 people had been tested in Texas. As of the 21st, that number was over 6,400. As of this morning, 8700+ have been tested. Less than 10% of people that have been tested are positive. Many new facilities have recently opened for testing, and testing capabilities will continue to increase. Capabilities increased because Texas received more tests from the federal govt, but we still need much more. Feds are aware of our demand and they are ramping up their distribution of supplies.


-Waived regulations to address potential shortages of nurses.


-Working to maximize capacity for patients at hospitals (beds and staffing).


-Created a COVID-19 Strike Force focused on securing global supplies to immediately respond to the pandemic. Asking feds to accelerate production and supply of PPE and tests.


-Status of executive orders issued two days ago: For the most part, seeing good compliance. There are penalties for failure to comply including fines, jail time, and potential mandatory quarantine orders. These orders include:
Order No. 1 – In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.


Order No. 2 – In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.


Order No. 3 – In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.


Order No. 4 – In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close.


-This week, state will be setting up additional medical facilities in the event that they will be needed to treat patients.


-The National Guard will be deployed this week to help local hospitals.
-Chief Nim Kidd stressed that we need to be prepared, not panicked. No need for “panic-buying.”


-Dr. John Hellerstedt said the time that we will see a peak of cases in Texas depends on our ability to prevent the spread by following the executive orders. If we’re successful in following these orders, the peak may be weeks or even months away.


-Regarding whether schools will be closed for the duration of the school year, Governor Abbott stated it depends on whether there is success in containing the virus.


-Regarding whether stricter standards are coming, the Governor said it depends on our execution of current standards. If you don’t have an essential reason to leave your home, you shouldn’t be leaving. If people can abide by this, it will help stop the spread. If people do not comply, stricter standards will be needed.


-Regarding PPE: Like every state, Texas needs more PPE. Our capability of responding will be limited if we don’t have more PPE soon. Strongly urging the federal government to quickly increase production and acquisition. Texas is open to purchasing from anyone willing to sell PPE, but delivery dates in July will not work as we need PPE delivered ASAP. State is willing to purchase from anyone who can produce and deliver quickly.

View the press conference Here 

View details about the expansion of the nursing workforce HERE 

See Executive Order HERE 

COVID-19 Update – New Social Distancing Guidelines

Reminders and resources:

Are you doing the five?
• Washing your hands often 
• Covering your cough 
• Not touching your face
• Staying 6 ft apart from others
• Going home when feeling sick  
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With social distancing, you can do your part to help #FlattenTheCurve.
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Older adults and people with underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk of COIVID-19. Remember, practice social distancing to slow the spread of illness. Other helpful precautionary tips for older adults HERE 
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Do you know the difference between the ways COVID-19 is transmitted? Learn more about how the virus is spread HERE 
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City of San Antonio employees have been redeployed to provide meals to residents.

– The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the San Antonio Food Bank to provide families and children meals from March 17 to March 20. 

– Pre-K 4 SA also has more than 50 employees helping pack boxes for seniors at the San Antonio Food Bank Employees have contacted 2,000 families for check-ins and to assist them in getting resources as needed. More info HERE 
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Governor Abbott requested designation from the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Declaration to make a long-term, low-interest loan available to qualifying businesses across the state. Learn more about your options HERE 
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New social distancing measures HERE 
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See who is eligible for COVID-19 testing HERE