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Metro Health issues Health Directive as the State of Texas reopens more services

Published on Thursday, June 11, 2020

Metro Health issues Health Directive as the State of Texas reopens more services

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SAN ANTONIO (June 11, 2020) –   With the City of San Antonio aligning its emergency order with the State’s orders, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) issued this week a Health Directive as guidance for persons and businesses as they reopen within the City of San Antonio. As businesses reopen, residents return to work and public health professionals closely monitor several progress and warning indicators, residents are advised to follow health guidelines to protect themselves and their families and ensure a safe and healthy environment for all San Antonians. 

  • Face Coverings – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to encourage people over the age of two to use a cloth face covering when in a public location where it is difficult to maintain a proper social distance. Employers are also encouraged to provide face coverings to employees who are working in close contact or proximity with coworkers and the public where six feet of separation is not feasible.
  • People who are sick should stay home and not engage in any activity outside of their home unless it is to seek medical attention. If a member of their household is positive for COVID-19 they should also consider themselves positive and follow the isolation and quarantine measures provided by local, state, or federal health officials.  
  • While health care providers and others have been marketing and administering COVID-19 antibody testing to consumers, the City and County will work together to protect the community from misleading or inaccurate testing practices. False claims about the reliability of antibody results, and about proof of immunity to COVID-19, place the public’s health at risk. Before receiving an antibody test we encourage the public to review FDA information.  
  • People must not visit nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities and long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance determined by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. 
  • As required by Ordinance No. 2020-03-19-0180, all public, private, and commercial laboratories operating within the City of San Antonio and performing COVID-19 testing shall report by 5:00 p.m. each day for the prior 24 hour period the number of COVID-19 tests performed; and the number of positive COVID-19 tests to the City’s designated representative for the Emergency operations Center and the Local Health Authority for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. This information will be used solely for public health purposes to monitor the testing conduced in the City of San Antonio and mitigate and contain the spread of COVID-19. 
  • All businesses and persons should act in good-faith and increase efforts and resources to follow the standard health protocols recommended by the Texas Department of State and Health Services. Health Protocols such as training employees on appropriate cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, screening employees temperatures before coming into a business, and asking if they have symptoms; are essential to maintaining a healthy environment.  

 
Metro Health continues to remind the public of the importance of staying safe and healthy if participating in large gatherings. We support the public’s will and dedication to speak-up and exercise their right to protest safely since we are still living through the COVID-19 pandemic. It is recommended to continue to maintain proper hand washing, stay six feet away from others, avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, and to continue to wear and wash your face coverings frequently.    
 
 
For more information please visit covid19.sanantonio.gov.

 

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