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San Antonio - Bexar County Office of Emergency Management uses Wireless Emergency Alert System to warn residents about the rapid spread of COVID-19

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Published on Saturday, June 27, 2020

San Antonio - Bexar County Office of Emergency Management uses Wireless Emergency Alert System to warn residents about the rapid spread of COVID-19

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covid19media@sanantonio.gov

Jeff Coyle, City of San Antonio (210) 535-9015
Michelle Vigil, City of San Antonio (210) 207-8172

 

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San Antonio, TX  (June 27, 2020) - With 795 new COVID-19 cases reported today – the highest daily count yet – a record 58 COVID-related EMS transports, two more deaths, and 730 patients now in area hospitals, the San Antonio / Bexar County Offices of Emergency Management took the rare action of sending a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) to all phones in Bexar County. The WEA, which is similar to an Amber Alert, warns all residents to stay home, wear face coverings, practice social distancing and avoid gathering with people outside of their households.
 
“This action is reserved for only for emergencies, and we have clearly reached emergency status,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “We need every person in San Antonio and Bexar County to take this crisis seriously and behave accordingly to slow the exponential growth of the virus.”
 
Mayor Nirenberg emphasized the importance of the decision on issue the alert in a 7:30 p.m. video that was posted on his Facebook page tonight.
 
The message sent was as follows:
 
STAY HOME. The COVID-19 virus is spreading rapidly across Bexar County. Local hospitals are approaching capacity. Protect yourself and your family. Stay home except for essential activities, wear a face covering and avoid gathering with people outside your household. STAY SAFE. For more info visit covid19.sanantonio.gov


FOUR WAYS TO SIGN UP FOR COVID-19 ALERTS

  1. Download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores
  2. Text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates
  3. Follow @COSAGOV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  4. Bookmark covid19.sanantonio.gov.


Public service announcements on social distancing, prevention and testing are available here.


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