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 4:30PM
SAN ANTONIO (March 22, 2020) — Today, the City of San Antonio and Bexar County confirmed Bexar County’s first COVID-19 related death. The woman, a patient in her 80s, was being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and had a history of underlying health issues. The patient died yesterday, March 21, 2020.
“Today’s tragic development illustrates the importance of the aggressive steps we are taking to thwart the spread of COVID-19. Stay home unless you must go out. Follow the health experts’ guidelines,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “We can all play a role in saving lives through social distancing and healthy behaviors. Together we will overcome this challenge.”
“On behalf of Bexar County, we express our deepest sympathy for the family and loved ones of the individual who passed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficulty time,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. “It is very important for our community to continue to take precautions, practice safe distancing, stay at home when you feel sick, and wash your hands often. We are working hard to slow the spread of this virus and are keeping the interests of Bexar County residents, and our families first and foremost. Your cooperation during this time is of the utmost importance and I thank you for your helping us by doing your part.”
About COVID-19 testing:
Those who believe they have been exposed to the virus and have symptoms, should call their physician or an urgent care clinic for an assessment, and if appropriate, a referral. Those who cannot afford a doctor’s visit may call Metro Health’s COVID-19 hotline at (210) 207-5779. The hotline hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
More information about preventing the spread of COVID-19, information about testing and other useful resources for residents, providers and businesses can be found at www.sanantonio.gov/COVID19.
Fourth Public Health Emergency Declaration
There have been no changes to the Mayor’s Fourth Public Health Emergency Declaration that City Council voted to extend this week. The declaration is valid through April 18, 2020. The declaration includes the following restrictions:
- Restaurants (including microbrewery, micro-distillery or wineries) will close dining rooms but may offer take out options, delivery service, drive-in or drive-through services, consistent with state and local laws
- Bars, lounges, nightclubs, taverns, private clubs, gyms or health studios, indoor commercial amusement businesses, bowling alleys, bingo parlors and theaters shall close
- Types of businesses not listed above are not impacted by the declaration.
Those who believe they have seen a violation of this declaration should contact the San Antonio Police Department’s non-emergency line, 210-207-SAPD.
Bexar County Executive Order
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff issued an executive order effective 11:59 PM on March 19th. The order reduces public gatherings to 10 people or less, suspends evictions for rental property owners for the next 30 days, suspends foreclosure proceedings for the next 30 days, and addresses price gouging including penalties. The full order is attached.
COVID-19 case reporting
Going forward, the City of San Antonio will post COVID-19 case updates at 4pm daily on www.sanantonio.gov/covid19. Metro Health’s lab processes tests for 29 counties and only Bexar County cases remain in the City’s total. As of today, there are 45 positive COVID-19 cases. Of those cases, 26 are travel-related, seven are close contacts of previously diagnosed cases, 10 were community transmission and two are under investigation.
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.
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 www.SanAntonio.gov
Public service announcements on social distancing, prevention and testing are available here.