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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
SAN ANTONIO (September 4, 2020) — As COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline in San Antonio, it remains critical that the public continue practicing good habits to contain the spread of the virus, especially over the Labor Day weekend.
"Staying disciplined is the fastest way to beat COVID-19," said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. "By avoiding behaviors and situations that spread the coronavirus over the Labor Day weekend, we will sideline COVID-19 and speed up our return to normal. Although the number of cases has dropped, coronavirus is still present throughout our community. Protect yourself and your loved ones this Labor Day. Keep wearing masks, keep your distance and keep COVID-19 at bay."
The region saw a significant spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations after Memorial Day and the 4th of July. At its peak, the area saw upwards of 1200 cases and hospitalizations per day in mid-July, bringing the hospital system dangerously close to capacity. However, healthy habits such as mask wearing and physical distancing have effectively reduced the exponential spread of the virus and reduced hospitalizations. The seven-day moving average of cases has dropped to just under 200 and the positivity rate is down to 7.8 percent, nearing the community goal of 5 percent or less.
“Our community has done an amazing job at slowing the spread of this virus. However, we must stay vigilant to ensure that we keep this virus in check. Over the holiday weekend, keep your distance, avoid large gatherings, wear your mask, and keep looking out for each other. We are heading in the right direction, but we cannot let our guard down. We will get through this together,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.
The public can reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19 by wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing and avoiding large gatherings, especially if they are indoors in a space with poor ventilation.
“We know that it’s been incredibly difficult to keep distance from loved ones as we try to contain this virus, but the best way to keep them safe is to wear a mask and keep your physical distance,” said Dr. Colleen Bridger, Assistant City Manager and Interim Metro Health Director. “With vigilance, we will get through this pandemic and have celebrations in years to come.”
CITY AND COUNTY PARKS WILL CLOSE FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND
City of San Antonio and Bexar County parks will also close for the Labor Day weekend. All City parks will be closed to the public effective Friday, September 4 at 11:59 p.m. until Tuesday, September 8 at 5 a.m. All County parks and park amenities will be closed to the public effective Friday, September 4 at 9:00 p.m. until Tuesday, September 8 at 9:00 a.m.
During the Labor Day weekend, all outdoor activities within City and County parks are prohibited, with the exception of use of trails such as the City’s Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail system. Trails inside County Parks will be closed, except the two segments of the City’s Howard Peak Greenway Trail System which passes through Rodriguez Park (Leon Creek Trail) and Comanche/Covington Park (Salado Creek Trail).
Outdoor activities such as running, walking, and cycling are permitted on trails, such as the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail system, as long as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on maintaining six feet of distance from others is followed. In addition, users should warn others of their presence on the trail and step aside for others to pass.
FOUR WAYS TO SIGN UP FOR COVID-19 ALERTS
- Download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores
- Text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates
- Follow @COSAGOV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- Bookmark covid19.sanantonio.gov