COVID-19 Prevention & Updates

Bexar County COVID-19 Response

Bexar County Stay HOME Work Safe Order

Effective March 23, 2020
Judge Nelson Wolff announced an updated Declaration of Public Health Emergency, named the "Stay Home, Work Safe Order". This order will be in effect immediately and continuing until April 9th in coordination with Mayor Ron Nirenberg. To read Judge Wolff’s Stay Home Work Safe Order, Click Here. Highlights include: 

  • 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.

  1. Bexar County Information
  2. City of San Antonio Information
  3. State / Federal Information

The Bexar County Emergency Management Department COVID-19 Prevention page has information on Bexar County efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and provides information on frequently asked questions about the virus, prevention, and more. 

From the Bexar County Emergency Management Dept. COVID-19 Page:

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.