District 10 Newsflash
Brought to you by Councilman Clayton H. Perry
April 9, 2020
Howdy Neighbors,

I hope that you all are staying healthy and at home as much as possible. This is an unprecedented time for San Antonio and the rest of the world. I want to take the time to thank all of the individuals who are working to support our city during this time. Whether you are a healthcare, construction or restaurant professional - or anything in between, we are so grateful for your continued support and hard work.

Metro Health continues to provide up-to-date information and resources for our residents on their website . The numbers are updated daily at 7:00 PM. Mayor Nirenberg and Judge Wolff give nightly updates at 6:13 PM on TVSA. TVSA can be seen on the following video providers: Spectrum Cable Channel 21, Grande Cable Channel 20, AT&T U-verse Channel 99, Digital Antenna Channel 16.1 and online at www.sanantonio.gov/tvsa or www.facebook.com/COSAGOV .

As always, thank you for being active community members and leaders here in District 10. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if we can be of any assistance to you. The District 10 team is still on hand and available to address your needs and concerns throughout this time.

- Clayton
Mayor's Emergency Order Addendum
The Mayor issued an addendum to the standing emergency order last week:

  • Staff members at long-term care facilities may only work at one facility. Long-term care facilities should identify and exclude potentially infected staff members and implement appropriate infection control measures;
  • Provides the City with the authority to revoke Certificates of Occupancy from businesses as an enforcement measure for repeat violations of Stay Home Work Safe orders;
  • Requiring all food, household staples retail, including those doing pick-up/delivery to limit number of people at pickup or in an establishment so that social distancing may be maintained, implement an organized line system where spacing is at least 6 feet apart, and post the establishment’s guidelines that limit number of people and implement the line system;
  • Closes park amenities including playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, skate plazas and splash pads at all community recreational areas;
  • Closes City parks, except for walking/running/biking trails, on April 11 and April 12 - Easter Weekend.
  • Closes all municipal and private golf courses and driving ranges (including frisbee courses).

Full text here .

Cloth Face Coverings
The CDC is recommending the use of cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain — like grocery stores and pharmacies. The CDC also recommends these coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth coverings are advised so that medical grade masks can be reserved for our frontline emergency personnel and healthcare workers.

San Antonio and Bexar County issued an advisory that recommends residents over the age of 5 wear a cloth mask in public if they are traveling to a place that cannot properly employ social distancing.
See the full cloth coverings recommendation from the CDC here.

Stay Informed
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has opened a COVID-19 hotline for residents to ask questions about the virus. The hotline is available in English and Spanish. Residents can call 210-207-5779 or 311. (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Information regarding COVID-19 is also available in American Sign Language here. You can also download the Ready South Texas app here.

  • For health tips from the CDC, click here.
  • For updates from the World Health Organization, click here.
  • For a list of City Closures, click here.
  • For updates from Judson ISD, click here.
  • For updates from Northeast ISD, click here.
  • For updates from San Antonio ISD, click here.
  • For updates from Alamo Heights ISD, click here.

Community Resources
If you need a service that is not listed below, please contact our office at District10@SanAntonio.gov .
 
  • Food Assistance
  • from school districts, click here.
  • from the San Antonio Food Bank, click here.
  • from Meals on Wheels, click here.

  • Mental Health
  • The State of Texas has opened a 24/7 mental health hotline: 833-986-1919
  • Or you can chat with someone via the Crisis Text Line by testing SHARE to 741741
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. 
  • Free, confidential 24/7 support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for oneself and others Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK    

  • Housing
  • Bexar County suspended evictions on March 23rd for 30 days. Get more information about Judge Nelson Wolff’s Executive Order NW-03 here

  • Utilities
  • CPS Energy announced on March 11, 2020, they will suspend energy disconnects for their customers in support of a request by Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the San Antonio City Council.
  • San Antonio Water System is temporarily halting disconnections due to non-payment.
  • Free Wi-Fi There is free Wi-Fi at several City of San Antonio parks. Citizens can bring their laptops and other electronic devices to the park to research, apply for jobs and browse the internet.

  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Texas Unemployment Insurance Information for Individuals (PDF) 
  • On 3/17/20, Texas Governor Greg Abbott instructed the Texas Workforce Commission to waive the waiting week, for Unemployment Benefits.
  • Those seeking to apply for Unemployment Benefits will need to submit an application.
  • You will need the following:
  • Last employer's business name and address
  • First and last dates (month, day and year) you worked for your last employer
  • Number of hours worked and pay rate if you worked this week (including Sunday)
  • Information related to your normal wage
  • Alien Registration Number (if not a U.S. citizen or national)


How to Help
There are several organizations that are providing help to our neighbors here in San Antonio. Here are just a few:

  • To donate to the San Antonio Food Bank, click here.
  • To donate to Meals on Wheels, click here.
  • To sign up to donate blood to the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, click here.
  • To sign up to donate blood to the American Red Cross, click here.

Doctor's Referral No Longer Required for COVID-19 Test
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has modified the COVID-19 testing criteria. A doctor’s referral is no longer required. Now, anyone with symptoms can get tested. Residents can schedule a testing appointment by calling 210-233-5970 Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. If you are feeling unwell during the weekend please call your physician, an urgent care center or, if you are uninsured, a federally qualified clinic.

San Antonio's self-screening tool can help inform your decision on whether or not to seek testing, but please note it is only for information purposes and does not provide a medical diagnosis. Access the tool here:  https://covid19test.quacito.com/

Federally qualified clinics:
Community Spotlight
Did you know that there are markers that designate the path of the El Camino Real de los Tejas? These granite markers were placed in five mile intervals along the El Camino Real as a statewide project by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Each of these markers read: "Kings Highway, Camino Real, Old San Antonio Road, Marked by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the State of Texas, A.D. 1918". 

The photo to the left was taken at the intersection of Nacogdoches Rd/FM 2252 and Higgins Dr. The District 10 office worked closely with El Chaparral/Fertile Valley and Pepperidge Neighborhood Associations to ensure that this monument remained protected. The monument was recently restored and placed on a pedestal and will eventually be surrounded by fencing. 

Thank you, San Antonio Food Bank!
I was so glad to lend a helping hand with the San Antonio Food Bank over at Morgan’s Wonderland and Toyota Field earlier this week. Thank you to all of the hardworking volunteers who are helping to ensure that no family goes hungry during this time.

For all the ways that the  San Antonio Food Bank  can provide food assistance, please visit  www.safoodbank.org  or call 210.432.8326 Monday-Friday, 8 AM -5 PM.

If you would like to volunteer to help with their mobile food distribution or home deliveries, join their waitlist at  www.safoodbank.org/cvresponse/volunteerwaitlist