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March 24, 2020
Dear Neighbors,
These last couple of weeks have been disruptive. I know many in our community are concerned and even anxious about the virus and its effect on their health and finances. I want you to know that I share your concerns and that my team and I are working hard to protect your health and ensure you have the resources you need to get through this time. 

I also know that there are many questions, and since this is no time for “Town Halls,” I’m inviting you to a District 7 Tele-Town Hall this coming Friday, March 27. I will review the local COVID-19 situation, the community resources available, and also take your questions.

The English Tele-Town Hall will take place at 5:00 p.m. and the Spanish one at 7:00 p.m. You can register here .

Estas últimas semanas han sido dificiles para muchos de nosotros. Reconozco que muchos en nuestra comunidad estan preocupados por el daño que el virus les puede causar a su salud y a su estado financiero. Yo comparto estas preocupaciones con ustedes. También les quiero asegurar que mi equipo y yo estamos haciendo lo posible para mantenerlos informados, proteger su salud, y asegurar que tengan los recursos necesarios en este tiempo. 

También se que hay muchas preguntas. Y como no nos podemos reunir en persona, los quiero invitar a una plática comunitaria por teléfono el Viernes, 27 de Marzo. Hablaré sobre la situación del COVID-19, los recursos disponibles al público, y tomaré sus preguntas.

La llamada en inglés tomará lugar a las 5 p.m. y en español a las 7 p.m. Puede registrarse aquí .

Second Resident in San Antonio Passes from COVID-19

It is with a heavy heart that I share the passing of a second resident as a result of COVID-19—an employee and member of St. Luke's Catholic Church, right here in District 7. During this time, I want to extend my deepest sympathies to her family, friends, and the entire St. Luke's community.

While she did work at St. Luke Catholic Church, she did not work directly with parishioners or students in her role.

Local COVID-19 Updates

Throughout this situation, my office will provide you with updates via email on Tuesdays and Fridays, as well as daily via Facebook and Nextdoor. Here are the latest updates since my last email:

  • Yesterday, March 23rd, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Judge Nelson Wolff issued separate but joint Stay Home, Work Safe Orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The order is effective today, March 24th at 11:59 p.m. and if approved by City Council at this Thursday’s meeting, will last until April 9th, 2020.

  • The orders will affect all individuals living within the City of San Antonio and the suburban cities within Bexar County. Citizens are mandated to stay home and only leave their homes to perform allowed activities. Allowed activities include:
  • Activities related to maintaining the health and safety of their family and their pets;
  • Obtaining necessary supplies for themselves and their household;
  • Working for an exempted business or government;
  • and outdoor activities, such as walking, running or cycling. Click here for a list of exempted businesses.

  • Have questions about the Stay Home, Work Safe Orders?  The City of San Antonio and Bexar County hosted an information session on how the new declaration could affect you. You can watch the video here.


  • Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Texas has received $36.9 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the state's initial allotment of funding from the first emergency coronavirus bill passed by Congress. San Antonio will receive roughly one million dollars for the housing and care of repatriated American citizens infected while traveling.

  • As of March 24th, there are 69 cases of COVID-19 in San Antonio. 18 are cases of community spread. This means that the diagnosis cannot be traced to travel or close contact with an infected individual. There have been two deaths attributed to the virus in San Antonio, including the passing of an employee at St. Luke Catholic Church right here in District 7.

  • If you believe you have coronavirus or have been exposed to the virus, please contact your doctor or an urgent care center by phone. If you are uninsured, scroll down to view more information on federally qualified clinics.

  • Please continue practicing social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and avoiding gatherings of ten or more. 

City Services Update


  • The City’s Fair Housing Division is now accepting emergency rent and mortgage assistance referrals. Households experiencing an emergency and hardship with supporting documentation, please submit your request for assistance through the link above.

  • Visit San Antonio has created a website listing restaurants with alternate dining options, such as take-out, delivery, and drive-thru services. Restaurant owners wishing to add their restaurant on the list can email marketing-communications@visitsanantonio.com with: business name, physical address and phone number.

  • Effective Wednesday, March 25th, Animal Care Services will stop public intake on campus at 4710 State Highway 151. Residents who find roaming animals should call 311 or use the 311 app for an ACS officer rather than bringing the pet to the shelter.

Community Updates

  • NISD will provide grab-and-go breakfasts and hot lunches for children 18 years old and younger at 11 middle school sites. The locations remain the same as last week but the service times and menu items have changed.

  • SAISD has launched "SAISD Eats". In collaboration with Child Nutrition Services and Transportation; School buses are mobilizing to 27 locations to provide meals in addition to the 27 campuses providing curbside pickups. Click on the link above to find service times and locations.

  • Edgewood ISD will continue to offer curbside meals during breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) free tax preparation program in San Antonio is currently operating five drop-off locations for residents to bring tax documents.  This drop-off option includes curbside service to minimize congregating or physical contact.

  • The San Antonio Food Bank will cease all volunteer activity – all sites, all shifts – through April 9th. During this time, they remain fully operational to meet the growing demand of this crisis and continue their senior home deliveries. They ask you to donate here.

As a reminder, please be mindful of where you receive your information. Trust only reliable news sources that provide the latest and most accurate information.
Yours in public service,
Local Criteria for COVID-19 Tests
Metro Health received authority from the State of Texas to exert local control to revise its COVID-19 testing protocol. This authority allows Metro Health to make testing more accessible and enables them to adjust criteria as needed to adapt to the community conditions.

Previous testing protocols required a person under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 to have a travel history from China or Iran. The revised protocol removes travel history requirements from the criteria for testing.

Patients should seek medical care from their primary care physicians or urgent care providers if they do not have a primary care physician. Patients should not contact Metro Health directly to request testing as a health care provider must order the test. Patients should not go to emergency rooms to seek COVID-19 testing.

  1. Patient shows fever or signs/symptoms of lower respiratory illness such as cough or shortness of breath and the patient has had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19
  2. Patient shows fever and signs/symptoms of a lower respiratory illness and significant respiratory illness, such as the flu, has been ruled out and the patient has risk factors that place them at a high risk of poor health outcomes or the patient is a health care worker or first responder
  3. Patient shows severe acute respiratory illness such as pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome, which requires hospitalization and has a negative flu diagnosis and no source of COVID-19 exposure has been identified

Stay Informed
Click any of the following buttons for reliable information about COVID-19. Additionally, you can text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates.
Community Resources
The following buttons link to community resources should you need any assistance. If you need a service that is not listed below, please contact our office at 210-207-0870 or by email at District7@SanAntonio.gov.
Additionally, please note the following resources:





  • Beware of price gouging. It is illegal to raise the cost of necessary supplies at any point during a declared disaster. Texans who believe they have encountered price gouging should call the Office of the Attorney General’s toll-free complaint line at (800) 621-0508 or file a complaint online.

  • Small, minority, and women-owned businesses may qualify for 0% interest loans from between $500 to $100,000 from LiftFund.
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How You Can Help Your Neighbors
Looking for a way to help your neighbors during this time? Here are a few ideas:
The City has identified the following community volunteer opportunities:

  • Consider checking in on your neighbors, especially if they are elderly or have pre-existing medical conditions. Give them a call or send them a text message to let them know you're willing to help if they need it. If you're getting ready to go to the grocery store, consider offering to pick up items they might need.

  • Prepare hygiene kits for outreach to homeless persons. Individuals and families experiencing unsheltered homelessness may not have access to COVID-19 information or hygiene supplies. City of San Antonio Homeless Street Outreach Teams will deliver hygiene kits, assess needs, and connect people to services.
  • Hygiene kits for the street homeless population are needed. Hygiene kits will include, but are not limited to, the following: hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, soap, bottle of water, socks, and snacks. Items may be packaged in plastic grocery bags.
  • Hygiene kits can be delivered to your nearest SAPD SAFFE substation. Additional information at: https://www.sanantonio.gov/SAPD/SAFFE

  • Deliver food to seniors with Meals on Wheels. Many seniors in our community depend on home food delivery while self-distancing. Volunteers are needed to deliver perishable and non-perishable food items to their homes.
  • Contact Meals on Wheels at samanthaf@mowsatx.org or call (210) 599-7405 ext. 309.

  • Volunteer as an Elder Friend with Meals on Wheels. Homebound elderly individuals are in need of socialization and friendship.
  • Elder Friend volunteers typically serve three hours per week with a home-bound senior and do things such as play games, take a walk, run small errands or go out to eat as advisable.
  • Contact Meals on Wheels at samanthaf@mowsatx.org or call 210-599-7405 ext. 309.

  • Volunteer with homeless service providers. Volunteers are needed to provide services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Volunteers assist with serving meals, sorting clothes, engaging with clients (arts/crafts, singing, etc.) and helping with everyday program operations.
  • Contact SARAH Volunteer Registration here.
  • Contact Have for Hope Volunteer Opportunities at volunteers@havenforhope.org or 210-220-2549 or here.

  • Plan grocery shopping strategically. Major grocers are overwhelmed with urgent shoppers while small grocers are under-shopped.
  • To redistribute the crowds, use NextDoor, or other social media, to organize your neighborhood’s shopping days. Note smaller grocers in your area as alternatives. Example: Odd house numbers shop Monday, Wednesday, Friday and even numbers shop Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Designate Sundays or a particular time window for elderly shoppers.
  • Participate by putting a sign with #taketurns in your window. Use #taketurns to spread the word.
Updates from Local Universities
District 7 Office Precautions
During this time, the District 7 Office is continuing to work for you and take the following precautions out of an abundance caution:

  • We will remain accessible for your phone calls and emails.

  • We will begin calling into neighborhood association and HOA meetings, should you choose to host them.

  • We are postponing office events for the time being.

We appreciate your understanding.
Our Offices
We are accessible for your phone calls and emails
Brass Professional Center
4414 Centerview Dr, Ste #160

Monday - Friday:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Closed for Lunch:
12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Plaza de Armas
100 Military Plaza

Monday - Friday:
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Please call for an appointment.