COVID-19 Prevention & Updates
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.
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.
City of San Antonio:
Information on the efforts of the City of San Antonio and the Metropolitan Health District can be found on their website: https://www.sanantonio.gov/Health/News/Alerts/CoronaVirus.
This website contains information on the COVID-19 Hotline, posters and data that may be printed and display.
San Antonio Housing Authority:
The San Antonio Housing Authority has released guidelines and information for its residents. More information on their efforts can be found at https://saha.org/coronavirus/.
COVID-19 OUTBREAK- INFORMATION IS CURRENT AS OF 3/18/2020 (8:00 PM)
There is an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China in December 2019 and has now been detected in almost 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization named the disease Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
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.
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Governor Greg Abbott Issues executive Order for covid-19
Governor Greg Abbott announced Executive Order GA 08 on March 19th, 2020. It orders that all Texas residents shall avoid social gatherings of 10 or more, closes all dining areas in bars, restaurants, and similar establishments in the State, prohibits visittation in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and closes schools until April 3rd. To read the Governors’ Executive Order, please click here.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
In order to best track information from federal resources, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 website will host a great deal of information pertaining to the federal response to the spread of the Coronavirus.
As of March 15th, 2020, the CDC has issued guidelines that gatherings of 50 people or more are postponed or cancelled over the next 8 weeks in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For other information on the guidelines from the CDC, please visit their website on resources for large community events & mass gatherings.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration has issued a statement on the Disaster Assistance in response to the Coronavirus. For more information on the resources and initiatives offered by the SBA, visit their website at https://www.sba.gov/page/guidance-businesses-employers-plan-respond-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19