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March 31, 2020
Dear Neighbors,
Thanks for joining me on last Friday’s Tele-Town Halls. Over 2,700 residents called in to learn more about how to stay safe and how the City’s handling the virus. My team and I are currently compiling the questions we received so that we can share responses to them with you, so look out for that soon. We will also share the audio from the call for those of you who couldn't participate.

Many community members may feel like there is nothing they can do to help right now, but they would be wrong! Now is the time for our community to come together and there are many volunteer opportunities that need you right now. You can help by giving blood, or by donating food or time to non-profit organizations like the Food Bank or Meals on Wheels. You can find more information on these opportunities below.

On Monday, Mayor Nirenberg and Judge Wolff announced the formation of COVID-19 Community Action Working Groups. While the priority remains preventing the spread of the virus, my City Council colleagues and I are joining with County Commissioners and community leaders to begin preparing measures for the local economic recovery.

I look forward to serving as co-chair of the Community Action Working Group on Business & Employment. With community collaboration and a thoughtful approach, I know we’ll craft effective strategies to restore our local economy and reconnect residents with jobs. 

Don't for get – it's census time! Tomorrow, April 1, is officially Census Day. Residents can respond to the census by mail, online at my2020census.gov or by phone at 1-844-330-2020. By now, every San Antonio resident should have received a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau asking them to complete the 2020 Census. If you did not receive a letter in the mail, please click here for help. Remember, everyone counts!

Now, here are the latest updates since my last email:

Local COVID-19 Updates

  • As of March 30, there are 168 cases of COVID-19 in San Antonio. 57 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 five deaths attributed to the virus in San Antonio. Of those cases, 44 cases have made a full recovery.

  • If you believe you have coronavirus or have been exposed to the virus, you can take a brief self-screening here. This tool will help a person understand if they should seek COVID-19 testing from their health care provider.

  • Please contact your doctor or an urgent care center by phone if you believe you have COVID-19. If you are uninsured, scroll down to view more information on federally qualified clinics.

  • San Antonio and Bexar County confirm a sixth COVID-19 related death. The individual was a male in his 50s and experienced underlying health conditions. Our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.



  • If you think you have seen a violation of the stay-at-home order, email Covid-19@sanantonio.gov or call 311.

  • Metro Health has created a COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard. The dashboard shows up-to-date information on confirmed cases of coronavirus by zip code in San Antonio. 

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

City Services Update

  • Bexar County and City of San Antonio announce service changes to parks due to COVID-19. Basketball Courts, Splash Pads, Outdoor Exercise Equipment, Playgrounds, and Skate Plazas will be closed through April 9.

  • Parks and trails remain open to the public, but remember to follow CDC and local health guidelines for your safety. For more information on parks, click here.


  • The City of San Antonio's Planning Commission's Technical Advisory Committee has extended its application deadline and is looking for applicants in the following areas: Environmental/Historic Category, Planning Professional, Registered Professional Engineer, Development/Real Estate Professional, and Community. The application deadline April 30. More information can be found here.

Community Updates

  • The Texas Workforce Commission has been experiencing a high volume of calls within the last weeks. If you are having trouble applying for benefits, reach out to the office of Senator Jose Menendez at 210-733-6604.

  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) 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 Rape Crisis Center is now recruiting for volunteer hospital advocates. Volunteers will be on-boarded once the city is allowed to resume in-person business. Please visit here for more information.

  • What is a Heartshake? The Heartshake, or Saludo de Corazón, is the new handshake, hug or kiss in social distancing to help reduce the coronavirus in San Antonio. To find out more, visit ConCorazonSA.org.

  • SATakeOut.com offers community one stop location to find and support area food-related businesses. The website features an interactive Google map, where residents can select an area of town and see at a glance which food-related businesses in their area are open for business in real time.
 
  • 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 but the service times and menu items have changed.

  • SAISD continues its "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 has updated its meal distribution. From Monday, March 30th through Friday, April 24th, Edgewood will be distributing breakfast and lunch to students bi-weekly on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 am- 11:00 am.

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.

Continue to stay safe, San Antonio.
Yours in public service,
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.
Need help applying for the Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan? Informational webinars will become available to help you navigate the process. See links below.
March 30 at 10 am
 Conference ID 79129946
March 31 at 10 am
Conference ID 26501703 (Spanish) 
April 1 at 2 pm
Conference ID 366690258
April 2 at 2 pm
Conference ID 484237430 (Spanish)
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. 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.
Federally Qualified Clinics
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Local Job Listings
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
Work Arrangements
During this time, the District 7 Office is continuing to work for you. We are taking the following precautions to protect your health and ours:

  • 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. If you would like help hosting a video or conference call for your NA/HOA meeting, we can assist!

  • 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