CONTACT: Laura Mayes, (210) 207-1337
Michelle Vigil, (210) 207-8172
SAN ANTONIO (FEBRUARY 9, 2020) — The City of San Antonio continues to coordinate with its regional, state and federal partners. Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland received passengers on Friday, February 7, 2020. Travelers are asymptomatic United States citizens and/or permanent residents and have been and will continue to be screened throughout their 14-day quarantine period. For media inquiries regarding the individuals at Lackland Air Force Base, please contact the CDC directly.
INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF 10:00 A.M.
The City is actively monitoring Bexar County residents who have traveled back to the area from China, who are under a 14-day self-quarantine at their homes. Additionally, the San Antonio Metro Health lab has received its CDC issued novel coronavirus test kits. The kits will take approximately two weeks to be fully operational and will require confirmatory testing by the CDC.
As of today, Bexar County still has no reports of any individuals diagnosed with the Novel Coronavirus and the risk to the public from this virus continues to remain low. There are 12 confirmed cases in the United States however there are no cases in Texas.
By contrast, the CDC has estimated that there have been between 19 million and 26 million flu illnesses, which have resulted in approximately 10,000 deaths.
Information for the Public:
Metro Health continues to maintain an up-to-date website which will provide current updates to anyone seeking information on the situation: www.sanantonio.gov/health/2019ncoronavirus.
Information regarding the Novel Coronavirus is also available in American Sign Language at this link: http://sat.ahasalerts.com/ActiveAlerts.aspx?id=1334
How do people become infected with Coronavirus?
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
- Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
- Rarely, fecal contamination.
What are the symptoms?
Patients with confirmed 2019-nCoV infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- Shortness of breath
At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
How can I avoid infection with Novel Coronavirus?
The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.