For members of the media, please contact:
Laura Mayes, City of San Antonio (210) 207-1337
Michelle Vigil, City of San Antonio (210) 207-8172
For questions from the general public, please contact:
COVID-19 Hotline (210) 207-5779
INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF 3:30PM
SAN ANTONIO (March 19, 2020) — The City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has updated its COVID-19 case count. There are now 29 cases of COVID-19 in San Antonio. Of the 29 cases, six have been determined to be transmitted via community spread. Community spread indicates that the diagnosis cannot be traced to travel or close contact with an infected individual. Eleven cases are being investigated.
“We have been making preparations and implementing prevention efforts over the last two months as the global COVID-19 pandemic continued to grow,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “We are now are entering the most difficult phase in the rapidly-changing battle against this virus and we must stay the course. San Antonio comes together during a crisis and we will get through this as a community.”
Today, the City Council voted to extend the Mayor’s Fourth Public Health Emergency Declaration through April 18, 2020.
The City of San Antonio will continue to update its COVID-19 case information each day at www.sanantonio.gov/covid19.
FOUR SIMPLE WAYS TO GET COVID-19 ALERTS
- Download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores, to receive updates on the COVID-19 situation in San Antonio.
- Text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates.
- Bookmark www.sanantonio.gov
- Follow @COSAGOV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Public service announcements on social distancing, prevention and testing are available in English, Spanish and American Sign Language here.
Posters, guidance letters and other materials are available at this link.
Who has a higher risk for COVID-19?
Older adults and people with underlying medical conditions, such as lung or heart disease, diabetes seem to be particularly susceptible to COVID-19. Older adults should take the following precautions:
- Make a plan to prepare yourself if you get sick
- Know who will take care of you if your caregiver gets sick
- Talk to your doctor to have enough medication on hand if you get sick
- Stay informed on what is happening locally and avoid crowds
- Call your doctor immediately if you develop warning signs such as difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, or blueness of the lips or face.