Bexar County to take additional preventative measures
In keeping with providing for the safety of Bexar County employees and our citizens during the COVID19 public health disaster, County Judge Nelson Wolff has issued Supplemental Executive Order NW 04.
Highlights of the order include the following:
• Any individual that provides in-person services, or is otherwise employed or staffs a long-term care facility (e.g. Nursing home, or assisted living facility), and has direct patient contact shall hereafter be prohibited from working in, or visiting, more than (1) long-term care facility for any purpose as a result of the increased risk for transmission of COVID-19 to an at-risk population.
• County-owned community centers, civil centers, clubhouses, adult and senior centers (except for meal pick up), park basketball courts, outdoor exercise equipment, playgrounds, tennis courts, skate plazas, and splash pads be closed to the public.
• All County parks and park amenities will be closed to the public effective Friday, April 10 at 9 p.m. through Monday, April 13 at 9 a.m. for Easter weekend. The park trails, linear parks, and greenways will remain open for walking, running, or biking as long as users consistently follow social distancing.
The full order may be seen below and may also be viewed at www.bexar.org.
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Furthermore, beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020 all County elected and appointed officials, employees and visitors entering any Bexar County facility will have their temperature taken before being allowed to enter the building.
Individuals with a temperature higher than 100℉ will be asked to return home and given a card with suggested precautionary measures to take – with County employees being asked to contact their immediate supervisor and being required to be cleared by a medical doctor before returning to work.
Although not every person infected with COVID-19 will present all symptoms of the disease, this precautionary measure is a good first-line indicator of overall health and can be effective in curtailing the virus among our population.
Because the act of taking and having an elevated temperature taken can be construed as a medical procedure, Bexar County will not be collecting or releasing any numbers on or the names of employees or visitors who are asked to return home.
Unless otherwise noted, County offices and facilities may still be accessed by employees and the public through their respective main entrance from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are highly encouraged to take care of their business needs over the phone or online at www.bexar.org if possible.
The following is a list of County buildings in which the entrance has been changed to accommodate this new testing procedure and have been outfitted with appropriate social distancing markers:
1. Paul Elizondo Tower – Visitors and employees shall enter from the south entrance (Nueva Street entrance)
2. Cadena Reeves-Justice Center – Visitors and employees will be redirected to enter from Paul Elizondo Tower entrance off Nueva Street.
3. County Courthouse – Visitors and employees shall enter through the ADA entrance located at the Heritage Center off Main Street.
4. The Federal Reserve Building – Public and employees shall enter through the main entrance (Nueva Street entrance)
5. Elections/Purchasing Visitors and employees shall enter through a single door located in the middle of the north side of the building between the two main entrances.
The County is fully committed to providing a safe environment for employees to work and for visitors to conduct essential business during this time.