SAINT ANTHONY – The Bexar County Emergency Management Office issued an emergency alert on Tuesday evening urging the public to slow the spread of COVID-19 as cases increase ahead of the holiday season.
The city of San Antonio and Bexar County reported a record number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 – 1,717 – minutes before the alert went off at around 7 p.m.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said the surge in cases had strained hospitals in the South Texas area as cases and deaths continued to rise. wreak havoc among Texans.
The alert urged all residents to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 by staying at home, avoiding non-essential outings and wearing a mask, especially as the Christmas holidays approach.
The emergency alert reads as follows:
The wireless emergency alert message sent was as follows: Over 1,700 new cases of COVID-19 today. More than 900 patients in the hospital. The virus is spreading and causing high stress in hospitals.
Slow down the spread https://bit.ly/3nGa9RK Over 1,700 cases of COVID-19 today. More than 900 hospitalized patients.
The virus continues to spread, causing stress in hospitals. Stop the contagion.
Nirenberg said he is encouraging the public to avoid behaviors and situations that spread the virus, in order to control the outbreak locally.
“With the cases of COVID-19 increasing in our community at an alarming rate, it is crucial to stay disciplined to beat the virus,” Nirenberg said. “By avoiding the behaviors and situations that spread the coronavirus during the holiday season, we will slow the spread of COVID-19 and speed our return to normalcy. Protect yourself and your loved ones. Continue to wear masks, keep your distance and keep COVID-19 at bay. “
You may have just received an alert on your phone, letting you know that COVID-19 cases are on the rise around San Antonio and Bexar County.
Adjusting our holiday celebrations this year will ensure that they can continue for many years to come.
Stay Safe & Stay Healthy, San Antonio. pic.twitter.com/hGbhLpNGOF
– Mayor Ron | Wear a mask! 😷 (@Ron_Nirenberg) December 23, 2020
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said positivity and hospitalization rates continued to rise, putting the region at risk.
“Our positivity and hospitalization rates continue to increase,” Wolff said. “We are in trouble, Bexar County. I beg you all as we start the vacation. Please celebrate only with your immediate family and household. This virus spreads so easily between people. We want everyone to have a very happy holiday season, but it’s safe to do so. Don’t drop your guard or your mask. “
Hospital systems in the area currently have some capacity, according to a statement by local officials, “the community needs to slow the spread of the virus so hospitals can keep pace.
For more information on reducing exposure to COVID-19, including guidelines for safe gatherings of family and friends to minimize exposure, click here
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