San Antonio, TX 78204
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283
Published on Monday, March 2, 2020
CONTACT: Ruben Lizalde, Chief of Staff
SAN ANTONIO (March 2, 2020) – Today, The City of San Antonio, Bexar County and local public health officials held a press conference to discuss the recent developments in regards to a COVID-19 patient who was released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and later placed back into quarantine. Councilwoman Viagran shared the following statement:
“As part of the commitment as a public servant to the city and for District 3 residents, I want to be fully transparent and keep the public informed about COVID-19, previously known as the novel coronavirus – a respiratory pneumonia-like disease that was first reported in Wuhan, China.
For the past several weeks, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has been working closely with CDC, Texas Department of Health Services and local health providers to continue to monitor COVID-19 in order to protect our community from exposure to the virus, and make sure those who do test positive for the virus get well.
The City of San Antonio was not involved in the decision to place repatriated evacuees at Lackland Air Force Base. Lackland Air Force Base was chosen by the Department of Defense (DOD) because San Antonio has the medical resources required to meet the needs of this quarantine mission.
One of my biggest concerns is the risk of exposure that the patient with a weakly positive COVID-19 reading had to people in San Antonio, when they were released from federal quarantine. It is also perturbing that federal officials have yet to acknowledge or respond to concerns via letters sent by local officials last month.
I agree that the CDC needs to obtain three negative test readings before releasing individuals from isolation.”
Information to the Public
Metro Health continues to maintain an up-to-date website which will provide current updates to anyone seeking information and includes precautionary measures on the situation: www.sanantonio.gov/health/2019ncoronavirus
CDC will continue to update the public as circumstances warrant. For more information and latest developments on COVID‑19 visit: www.cdc.gov/covid19
Author: Melanie Morales (GPA)
Categories: City News, Mayor & Council, District 3 News