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San Antonio - Bexar County Office of Emergency Management issues Wireless Emergency Alert System to urge public to help slow the spread of COVID-19 this Labor Day Weekend

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Published on Friday, September 4, 2020

San Antonio - Bexar County Office of Emergency Management issues Wireless Emergency Alert System to urge public to help slow the spread of COVID-19 this Labor Day Weekend

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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, TX (September 4, 2020) – The City of San Antonio and Bexar County issued a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) to urge all residents to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 by continuing the safety protocols and physical distancing that has helped drastically reduce the spread of the virus over recent weeks.
 
The Wireless Emergency Alert message sent was as follows:

Please protect yourself and others from COVID-19 this Labor Day weekend by wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing and avoiding large gatherings. bit.ly/31XttBN
 
Protéjase a sí mismo y a los demás del COVID-19 este fin de semana de Labor Day usando un cubre bocas, practicando el distanciamiento físico y evitando reunions grandes. bit.ly/31XttBN

 
"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."
 
More than half of COVID-19 cases in Bexar County were contracted by close contacts of a confirmed positive case. Close contacts are people who were within six-feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes or more. Avoiding large gatherings, wearing masks and practicing physical distancing decreases the risk of contracting COVID-19 or spreading the virus to others.
 
“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. Tips for reducing exposure to COVID-19, including guidelines for safe family and friends gatherings to minimize exposure, can be found here: https://covid19.sanantonio.gov/What-YOU-Can-Do/Stop-the-Spread/Prevention

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. 
 
For more information 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 


San Antonio - La Oficina de Manejo de Emergencias del Condado de Bexar emite un Sistema de Alerta de Emergencia Inalámbrico para instar al público a ayudar a frenar la propagación del COVID-19 este fin de semana del Día del Trabajo
 
San Antonio, TX (4 de septiembre de 2020) - La ciudad de San Antonio y el condado de Bexar emitieron una alerta de emergencia inalámbrica (WEA) para instar a todos los residentes a protegerse a sí mismos y a los demás del COVID-19 al continuar con los protocolos de seguridad y el distanciamiento social que ha ayudado a reducir drásticamente la propagación del virus durante las últimas semanas.
 
El mensaje de alerta de emergencia inalámbrica enviado fue el siguiente:
Please protect yourself and others from COVID-19 this Labor Day weekend by wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing and avoiding large gatherings. bit.ly/31XttBN
 
Protéjase a sí mismo y a los demás del COVID-19 este fin de semana de Labor Day usando un cubre
 
bocas, practicando el distanciamiento físico y evitando reunions grandes. bit.ly/31XttBN

 
"Mantenerse disciplinado es la forma más rápida de vencer al COVID-19,” dijo el alcalde de San Antonio, Ron Nirenberg. "Al evitar comportamientos y situaciones que propaguen el coronavirus durante el fin de semana de Labor Day, dejaremos de lado el COVID-19 y aceleraremos nuestro regreso a la normalidad. Aunque el número de casos ha disminuido, el coronavirus todavía está presente en toda nuestra comunidad. Protéjase y proteja a su seres queridos este Labor Day. Siga usando cubre bocas, mantenga la distancia y mantenga a raya al COVID-19.”
 
Más de la mitad de los casos de COVID-19 en el condado de Bexar fueron contraídos por contactos cercanos de un caso positivo confirmado. Los contactos cercanos son personas que estuvieron a menos de dos metros de una persona infectada durante al menos 15 minutos o más. Evitar grandes reuniones, usar cubre bocas y practicar el distanciamiento social disminuye el riesgo de contraer COVID-19 o transmitir el virus a otras personas.
 
“Nuestra comunidad ha realizado un trabajo increíble para frenar la propagación de este virus. Sin embargo, debemos estar atentos para asegurarnos de mantener este virus bajo control. Durante el fin de semana festivo, mantén la distancia, evita las grandes reuniones, usa tu cubre bocas y cuídemosnos unos a otros. Vamos en la dirección correcta, pero no podemos bajar la guardia. Lo superaremos juntos,” dijo el juez del condado de Bexar, Nelson Wolff.
 
El público puede reducir su riesgo de contraer COVID-19 usando un cubre bocas, practicando el distanciamiento social y evitando grandes reuniones, especialmente si están en un espacio con poca ventilación. Los consejos para reducir la exposición al COVID-19, incluidas las pautas para reuniones seguras de familiares y amigos para minimizar la exposición, se pueden encontrar aquí: https://covid19.sanantonio.gov/What-YOU-Can-Do/Stop-the-Spread/
 
Prevención
La región experimentó un aumento significativo en los casos de COVID-19 y las hospitalizaciones después del dia de Memorial Day y el 4 de julio. En su apogeo, el área registró más de 1200 casos y hospitalizaciones por día a mediados de julio, lo que llevó al sistema hospitalario peligrosamente cerca de su capacidad. Sin embargo, hábitos saludables como el uso de mascarillas y el distanciamiento social han reducido efectivamente la propagación exponencial del virus y reducido las hospitalizaciones. El promedio de siete días de casos se ha reducido a poco menos de 200 y la tasa de positividad se ha reducido al 7,8 por ciento, acercándose al objetivo de la comunidad del 5 por ciento o menos.
 
Para obtener más información, visite covid19.sanantonio.gov.

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