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Laura Mayes, City of San Antonio (210) 207-1337
Michelle Vigil, City of San Antonio (210) 207-8172
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COVID-19 Hotline (210) 207-5779
INFO CURRENT AS OF 3:00 P.M.
SAN ANTONIO (March 1, 2020) — The City of San Antonio has provided more information about the patient who was released into the community by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and then brought back into isolation after a “weakly positive” test result for COVID-19. The Metro Health Department conducted a contact investigation to determine where the patient went upon release and with whom the patient may have come in contact to assess the risk of exposure to the community. The results of that investigation found that the risk of exposure is low, as the patient, who was asymptomatic, interacted with very few people and was not in close contact with anyone.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and local public health officials hosted a news conference on March 1 at 10:00 a.m., the video is available here
The discharged patient had some contact with others while out of isolation, and San Antonio Metro Health has provided the following timeline for the public:
Saturday, February 29, 2020
- 2:53 PM – Patient was dropped off at the Holiday Inn Express Airport at 91 NE Loop 410 by a third-party driver. The patient entered the room at 3:11 PM.
- 5:13 PM – Patient returned to the hotel lobby and requested a shuttle. The patient was picked up at 5:23 PM by a hotel shuttle driver.
- 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM – Patient visited North Star Mall, including Dillard’s, Talbot’s and Swarovski. Patient went to the food court, ordered food from a Chinese restaurant and ate alone in the food court area. Patient was not in close contact with anyone at the mall.
- 7:30 PM – Patient returned to hotel on the hotel shuttle.
- 7:35 PM – Patient reentered room.
Sunday, March 1, 2020
- 2:00 AM – Patient was transported back to Texas Center for Infectious Disease (TCID) in a specialized ambulance. All medical professionals on board wore personal protective equipment.
Metro Health is in the process of contacting individuals who may have come in contact with the patient to notify them of the potential risk of exposure. All individuals who came in contact with patient at the hotel and mall are considered to be of low risk of exposure, and only two of the 18 people who came in contact with the patient at the TCID hospital are considered medium risk.
Metro Health has recommended deep cleaning with disinfectants to both the hotel and mall management.
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 COVID-19?
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
What are the symptoms?
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- Shortness of breath
At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
How can I avoid infection with COVID-19?
The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions 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.