to you by Councilman Clayton H. Perry
The next District 10 Community Meeting is scheduled
for March 16 at the Tool Yard. We'll be joined at this meeting by
the Medical Director of Metropolitan Health District - Dr. Junda
Woo, who will give us an update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) as it
relates to San Antonio, and the new Aviation Director of San
Antonio International Airport - Jesus Saenz.
We will be live-streaming this meeting. The videos
post to our Facebook page and are a great way to stay informed, even if
you are unable to make it to the meeting. We will also share
recordings of the meetings via our newsflash.
The Fiesta San Antonio Commission made the decision
to postpone Fiesta to November 5-15, 2020. This decision was made
in the interest of public health in response to guidelines set
forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The
safety and well-being of San Antonians and our visitors is, and
will continue to be, the top priority. We all know what Fiesta
means to us in San Antonio, but we truly cannot afford to take
any chances when it come to our population's health. In light of
this decision, the District 10 office has decided postpone our
joint Fiesta celebration with with Commissioner Kevin Wolff and
Representative Steve Allison to a later date. Like many of you, I
look forward to Fiesta every year and am disappointed that we
will not be celebrating this April
The District 10 Office would like to attend your
next neighborhood meeting. We would like to discuss ongoing
community initiatives and resources that are available throughout
San Antonio, such as neighborhood programs, current projects and
public safety programs. If you would like to have the District 10
team visit your next meeting or would like useful information to
distribute to your community, please email your request to District10@sanantonio.gov. Please provide a date, time, and point of
contact to set up District 10 attending your next neighborhood
meeting. We look forward to hearing from you!
As always, thank you for being active community
members and leaders here in District 10. Please do not hesitate
to contact our office if we can be of any assistance to
District 10 Community Meeting
March 16, 2020 - 7 PM at Tool Yard
The City of San Antonio has provided the following
information for residents seeking information about preventing
the spread of COVID-19. The first travel-related case of
COVID-19 was detected on March 12. This person is currently
self-quarantined and Metro Health is conducting an extensive
contact study. This case is not related to the federal
quarantine of cruise passengers.
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has
opened a COVID-19 hotline for residents to ask questions about
the virus. The hotline is available in English and Spanish. Residents
can call 210-207-5779. (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00
p.m.) Information for the public is also available at: www.sanantonio.gov/health/2019ncoronavirus. Information regarding COVID-19 is also available
in American Sign Language at this link: http://sat.ahasalertscom/ActiveAlerts.aspx?id=1334
Social Distancing: what is it and who should
distancing is a
practice in which people maintain safe distances from each
other and avoid direct contact with high touch items in the
community. Here are six ways to practice social distancing:
1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
2. Avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public
places like elevator buttons, door handles, handrails,
handshaking, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your
hand if you must touch something
3. Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public
places and avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc
4. Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated
spaces. Risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19
may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air
circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick
5. Clean and disinfect your home regularly, including
routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces
6. Maintain a six-foot distance from others in public
The City of San Antonio is working with the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services and has asked that the
operation remain on federal ground and use federal resources to
ensure local hospitals and medical capacity are prepared for
potential community spread of COVID-19. San Antonio currently
has a very limited number of test kits and is expected to
receive additional kits by the end of the week, at the request
of local officials.
According to the CDC, current knowledge of COVID-19 has shown that
older adults and people who have serious chronic medical
conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease are
a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
What should you do if you feel sick?
If you are feeling sick, call your primary care
physician’s office before going in. If you do not have a
primary care physician, visit any urgent care or walk-in clinic
in the community after calling ahead. If you need to call 911 because you are
experiencing severe and/or life-threatening flu-like symptoms
and/or respiratory issues, be prepared to answer additional
questions. Additionally, San Antonio Fire and EMS are
practicing social distancing. If you see EMS crews keep a
distance, don’t be alarmed, the crews will evaluate the
emergency and respond as appropriate. Depending on the care you
need, San Antonio Fire and EMS may decide to wear additional
personal protective equipment, do not be alarmed. These
measures are being used to maintain the safety of first
Six practical COVID-19 prevention tips:
The best way to prevent infection is to take
precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar
to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always
recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of
respiratory viruses, including:
1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at
least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an
alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with
3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
4. Stay home when you are sick.
5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then
throw the tissue in the trash.
6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and
What to know about COVID-19 testing:
1. If you are feeling sick, call your primary care
physician’s office before going in.
2. If you do not have a primary care physician, visit
any urgent care or walk-in clinic in the community.
3. Community physicians and other clinical providers
have access to CDC protocols to determine whether or not
patients qualify for COVID-19 testing.
4. Local testing for COVID-19 is currently available
only by sending samples to the CDC, in coordination with Metro
Health and the CDC.
5. People who do not have CDC-defined symptoms and
exposure history will not be offered testing for COVID-19.
6. If you need additional information call the Metro
Health hotline at 210-207-5779. (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00
The flu continues to be a much more serious issue
in the U.S. than COVID-19. There
is a higher incidence for elderly and people with chronic
health conditions. Therefore, slowing the potential
spread of the virus will help protect people at
How do people become infected with COVID-19?
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an
infected person to others through:
· Respiratory droplets released into the air by
coughing and sneezing;
· Close personal contact, such as touching or
· Touching an object or surface with the virus on
it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have
reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms
At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of
COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days
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