Greetings, San Antonio.
The Governor's orders allowed hair salons, barbershops, and all cosmetology salons to reopen yesterday. These openings are in addition to his last emergency order, which permitted indoor dining and reopened all retail establishments so long as they operate at 25% of their maximum occupancy.
Whether or not you're visiting one of the essential or reopened businesses as defined by the Governor's emergency orders, I hope you're able to practice physical distancing and are able to stay home as much as possible to limit the spread of COVID-19. City Council has extended our local Stay Home, Work Safe order - which is consistent with the Governor's orders - through May 19.
Council was briefed on the $270 million the City received as part of the federal CARES Act earlier this week. We have outlined a strategy that prioritizes keeping everyone in their home and getting San Antonio online, trained and educated for the post-COVID-19 economy.
You can watch the entire meeting here: https://www.facebook.com/cosagov/videos/888180161685237/
NEW: COVID-19 TIMELINE
The first coronavirus evacuee cohort arrived at Joint Base San Antonio on February 7. I know it's been difficult to keep all of the news straight, so I've launched a timeline to track our local COVID-19 response.
COVID-19 REPORTING - NEW MILESTONE:
The City of San Antonio is providing extensive COVID-19 data. We recently launched an online dashboard that allows you to visualize the nature of the virus in our community. There have been several critical additions to the data portal since my last newsletter.
MILESTONE: Last night, we reported that we have more COVID-19 recoveries than confirmed active COVID-19 cases.
You can view daily updates, charts and reports by clicking here.
Every day, including weekends, Judge Wolff and I provide daily live video updates at 6:13 p.m. on new work that's being done to combat this coronavirus and information about the identified cases in our community.
You can tune in on the City of San Antonio Facebook page and see all past updates by clicking here.
COVID-19 COMMUNITY ACTION:
The COVID-19 Community Action coalition's work is already underway.
The coalition is comprised of all 10 members of City Council, all 4 County Commissioners and community / industry leaders.
There are 5 workgroups in the coalition:
We've named Gordon Hartman the coordinator of this coalition. I want to personally thank him for his willingness to stand up for our community.
The coalition will release their final reports at the end of this month.
To learn more about these efforts, you can click here.
TRANSITION TEAMS | REPORTS RELEASED:
We're not out of the woods yet, but we need to be fully prepared when it's time to resume additional activities and businesses.
Judge Wolff and I have appointed two teams to handle a smooth transition as we work our way out of this pandemic.
Each team has issued their full report. You can find links to each below.
Click here to see the Health Transition Team Report
Click here to see the Economic Transition Team Report
EMERGENCY HOUSING ASSISTANCE:
Reminder: City Council has adopted a substantial COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Program. It will be funded with $25 million from various sources. I want to thank my Council colleagues for their diligence in ensuring we take care of all of our residents in these difficult times.
Residents seeking assistance should visit: https://www.sanantonio.gov/EmergencyHousingAssistance or call 311.
You can donate to this fund by texting HousingHelpSA to 41444.
REMINDER: RECOVERY LODGING / ISOLATION FACILITIES:
Do you have COVID-19 and are worried that you can’t properly isolate yourself in your home?
The City has contracted with local facilities to provide for temporary lodging in the event you seek a more proper place to isolate during your recovery. Temporary lodging facilities are available in all quadrants of the city.
To inquire about temporary lodging for your COVID-19 recovery, please call 210-207-5779.
We've announced the addition of two more drive-thru testing facilities — a Texas MedClinic on SW Military and a Walmart on W Military.
You do not need a doctor's recommendation to be tested at these facilities, but you will still need to make an appointment. Based on the influx of calls, those that present with symptoms typically found in COVID-19 — fever, dry cough, shortness of breath — will be prioritized.
Call 210-233-5970 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to complete the registration process for a test at Freeman Coliseum or the Texas MedClinic on SW Military.
To make an appointment at the Walmart on W Military, please go online to DoINeedACOVID19Test.com.
ADDITIONAL NO-COST TESTING:
Metro Health and San Antonio Fire Department's Mobile Integrated Health Program (MIH) have partnered to bring the community free and accessible testing in underserved and minority communities. Two walk-up COVID-19 test sites, which do not require an appointment, will again open May 9 at the Las Palmas Library parking lot and Woodlawn Lake Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Texas Department of Health and Human Services, Texas Emergency Medical Task Force, Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Military Department have also added more mobile COVID-19 test collection dates and locations to residents at no cost.
To register for a test, residents can visit www.txcovidtest.org or call 512.883.2400.
To view all upcoming test locations please visit https://covid19.sanantonio.gov/News-Events/Events.
San Antonio COVID-19 Updates:
Updates in American Sign Language:
Local COVID-19 Hotline: 210.207.5779 or 311
Text COSAGOV to 55000 for text alerts
Ready South Texas app: Download here.
RESIDENT ASSISTANCE LINKS & RESOURCES:
CPS Energy, SAWS, SAHA and area nonprofit organizations are providing critical relief during our COVID-19 response. Our utilities are suspending service disconnections and evictions have been suspended countywide.
We're all in this together, so let's continue to do our part.
Thank you for the privilege of serving you,