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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 ahead of Thanksgiving Holiday

Published on Friday, November 20, 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 ahead of Thanksgiving Holiday

San Antonio and Bexar County report largest number of cases since July surge

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San Antonio, TX (November 20, 2020) – The City of San Antonio and Bexar County reported 936 new cases of COVID-19 today, the largest increase since the July surge. The City and County issued a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) to urge all residents to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 by staying home, avoiding non-essential outings and wearing a mask.

The Wireless Emergency Alert message sent was as follows:

936 new COVID-19 cases reported today – the most since July. With the virus spreading, limit unnecessary outings, avoid social gatherings and wear your mask. https://bit.ly/3nGa9RK

936 nuevos casos de COVID-19 reportados hoy, la mayor cantidad desde julio. Limite las salidas innecesarias, evite las reuniones sociales y use cubrebocas.  https://bit.ly/3nGa9RK

"Staying disciplined is the best way to beat COVID-19," said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. "By avoiding behaviors and situations that spread the coronavirus throughout the holiday season, we will sideline COVID-19 and speed up our return to normal. The number of cases has been increasing significantly, showing that coronavirus is spreading throughout our community. Protect yourself and your loved ones. Keep wearing masks, keep your distance and keep COVID-19 at bay."
More than half of COVID-19 cases in Bexar County were contracted because they were found to be 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. 

“I know we are all tired of COVID and we all feel like we have sacrificed enough this year. However, we cannot become complacent and give into this virus. So, as we go into the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to again plead with our community to celebrate Thanksgiving at home with the people you live with. We know this virus spreads easily in groups that gather under the same roof and we do not want a repeat of what happened over summer where our local hospitals were near capacity. We all need to continue to do our part to bring down our numbers and protect those who are most vulnerable to this virus.”

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/Stay-Safe-and-Celebrate 

The region saw a significant spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations after Memorial Day and the 4th of July. At its peak, the number of COVID-19 infections pushed the hospital system dangerously close to capacity.  Hospital systems currently have capacity, but we need to do everything we can as a community to avoid an increase so large hospitals can’t keep up. 

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 Emergencias del Condado de Béxar emite un Sistema de Alerta de Emergencia Inalámbrica para pedirle al público que ayuden a detener la propagación del COVID-19 antes del Día de Acción de Gracias

San Antonio y el Condado de Béxar reporta el numero mas alto de casos desde julio 
 

San Antonio, TX (20 de noviembre, 2020) – The City of San Antonio and Bexar County reported 936 new cases of COVID-19 today, the largest increase since the July surge. The City and County issued a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) to urge all residents to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 by staying home, avoiding non-essential outings and wearing a mask.

La ciudad de San Antonio y el condado de Béxar confirman hoy 936 nuevos casos de COVID-19, el mayor aumento desde el aumento de julio. La Ciudad y el Condado emitieron una Alerta de Emergencia Inalámbrica para instar a todos los residentes a protegerse a sí mismos y a los demás del COVID-19 quedándose en casa, evitando las salidas no esenciales y usando un cubrebocas.

El Aviso de Emergencia es el siguiente:

936 nuevos casos de COVID-19 reportados hoy, la mayor cantidad desde julio. Limite las salidas innecesarias, evite las reuniones sociales y use cubrebocas.  https://bit.ly/3nGa9RK

“Más de la mitad de los casos de COVID-19 en el condado de Béxar 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 por lo menos 15 minutos o más. Evitar grandes reuniones, usar un cubrebocas y practicar el distanciamiento físico disminuye el riesgo de contraer COVID-19 o transmitir el virus a otras personas.” dijo el alcalde Ron Nirenberg.

“Sé que todos estamos cansados   del COVID-19 y sentimos que nos hemos sacrificado bastante este año. Sin embargo, no podemos volvernos complacientes y ceder ante este virus. Entonces, al comenzar las los días festivos de Acción de Gracias, quiero suplicar nuevamente a nuestra comunidad que celebre el Día de Acción de Gracias en casa con las personas con las que vive. Sabemos que este virus se propaga fácilmente en grupos que se reúnen bajo el mismo techo y no queremos que se repita lo que nos sucedió durante este verano, cuando nuestros hospitales locales estaban al borde de su capacidad. Todos debemos seguir haciendo nuestra parte para reducir nuestro números y proteger a los más vulnerables a este virus,” dijo el juez Nelson Wolff.

Consejos para reducir la exposición al COVID-19, incluidas las guías para reuniones seguras de familiares y amigos para minimizar la exposición, se pueden encontrar aquí: https://covid19.sanantonio.gov/What-YOU-Can-Do/Stay-Safe-and- Celebrar 

Nuestra región experimentó un aumento significativo en los casos de COVID-19 y las hospitalizaciones después de Memorial Day y el 4 de julio. En su punto máximo, el número de infecciones por COVID-19 empujó al sistema hospitalario peligrosamente cerca de su capacidad.

 
Para más información visite: covid19.sanantonio.gov


CUATRO FORMAS DE REGISTRARSE PARA LAS ALERTAS DE COVID-19

1. Descarga la aplicación Ready South Texas, disponible en las tiendas iTunes y Google Play
2. Envía el texto COSAGOV al 55000 para recibir actualizaciones por mensaje de texto SMS
3. Siga a @COSAGOV en Facebook, Twitter e Instagram
4. Visite nuestra página web para más información covid19.sanantonio.gov  

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