COVID-19 Prevention in Bexar County

Updated April 7, 2020

  1. Actions & Updates
  2. Frequently Asked Questions
  3. Affected Bexar County Services
  4. Community Resources

Latest local News

Executive Order NW-05 Issued by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff 

On Monday, April 5, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff issued Executive Order NW-05 extending the Stay Home, Work Safe Measures through April 30, 2020. Those measures include the suspension of home foreclosures and evictions. 

In addition, beginning Friday, April 10 at 9 p.m. through Monday, April 13, all Bexar County Parks will be closed to the public. Park trails, linear parks, and greenways will remain open as long as users consistently follow social distancing. All recreational areas where social distancing and sanitizing requirements are difficult or impossible to meet, such as basketball courts, community centers, and playgrounds, continue to be closed until the order is rescinded or expires. 

Click here to read the order in its entirety.

County Judge Nelson Wolff Issues Supplemental Executive Order

On Friday, April 3, Bexar County Judge issued a supplemental order in accordance with the Texas Disaster Act of 1975 that directly addresses the work standards in long-term care facilities, which limits employees that have direct contact with patients from working or visiting more than one location to help reduce the risk of community spread COVID-19. Additionally, all visitors and employees will be screened before entering any Bexar County owned or leased facility.

Further precautionary measures are in effect, to include food service regulations and closure of recreational areas where social distancing and sanitizing requirements are difficult or impossible to meet, including HOA areas.

Click here to read the order in its entirety.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff Issues Executive Order "Stay Home, Work Safe Measures"

On Monday, March 23, 2020, Bexar County Judge Wolff issued Executive Order NW-03, directing all persons within incorporated and unincorporated Bexar County to stay home ("Stay Home, Work Safe Measures") to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

View the complete Executive Order here

Order Summary:

  • Orders all Bexar County residents to remain at home, except for essential travel and needs
  • Suspends evictions and foreclosure proceedings are suspended for at least 30 days
  • Bexar County residents and constituents are encouraged to conduct business online, by phone, or via regular mail to avoid visiting any County facility unless absolutely necessary
  • That anyone who is sick should stay home and not engage in any activity outside of their residence
  • University Health System (UHS) will cooperate and continue to provide the County Judge and appropriate Bexar County staff information deemed necessary to make public policy and executive decisions
  • Issues orders against price gouging on items including:
    • Groceries, beverages, toilet articles, ice;
    • Restaurants, cafeterias, and boarding-house meals; and
    • Medicine, Pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment and supplies.

Peace officers are hereby authorized to enforce the provisions of this Executive Order in accordance with the authority granted under the Texas Disaster Act of 1975. Any person who violates this Executive Order may be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or confinement for a period no longer than 180 days.

Please visit this page to find additional answers to frequently asked questions in regards to COVID-19.

Revised Declaration of Continuation of Public Health Emergency

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff provided a revision to the Declaration of Public Health Emergency. This rescinds the previous executive order and key highlights include reducing public gatherings to 10 people or less, avoiding eating or drinking at bars, restaurants and food courts, but does allow the option of drive-thru, pickup, and delivery - which the governor highly encourages. Constituents and residents are encouraged to conduct essential business online or by mail, in order to avoid visiting Bexar County facilities. 

View the complete Declaration of Public Health Emergency here

Declaration of Continuation of Public Health Emergency

On March 18, 2020, Bexar County Commissioners Court approved to extend the initial emergency declaration passed last Friday for another 90 days.  Included in the declaration, by Executive Order of the County Judge, local restaurants and bars are to follow all Center for Disease Control guidelines.

View the Executive Order Now from Judge Wolff

Declaration of Public Health Emergency

On Friday, March 13, 2020, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff issued a declaration of public health emergency. Key highlights include Judge Wolff directing County officials and medical staff to implement enhanced screening and monitoring processes and procedures for detection of COVID-19 at the Bexar County Adult Detention Center, all jury panels are suspended by special order of Administrative Judge Ron Rangel, and directing rental property owners to temporarily suspend evictions for at least the next 30 days.

Click here to read the declaration in its entirety.

COVID-19 Information


A new Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was recently identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. The 2019-nCoV outbreak began in December 2019, and Chinese health officials have reported thousands of 2019‑nCoV infections in China, including several that resulted in death. Several additional countries have identified cases of 2019-nCoV infection including the United States.

How is Bexar County Responding

Bexar County, together with the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Facilities Maintenance Department, is working closely with the San Antonio Metropolitan Health Department and to coordinate precautionary measures within all County facilities.

Specific areas that experience high traffic will be aggressively sanitized and disinfected with higher frequency, including the following areas: criminal and civil presiding courts, BCSO substations, Tax Accessor-Collector’s offices, and the Central Jury Room.

The Facilities Department has placed large hand sanitizer dispensers at every entrance and exit in the County complex and freestanding (touchless) dispensers have been ordered for every County building.

Informational posters on handwashing and COVID-19 prevention information have been posted in every County facility and high traffic areas.

Updates on County offices, services, and facilities will be posted here and on the County’s social media platforms:

COVID-19 Hotline Now Open

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has opened a COVID-19 hotline for residents to ask questions about the virus. The hotline is available in English and Spanish. Residents can call 210-207-5779. (Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) Information for the public is also available at: www.sanantonio.gov/health/2019ncoronavirus.