State of disaster, public health emergency issued for San Antonio, Bexar County over coronavirus

Declarations from mayor, county judge prohibit quarantined individuals from entering San Antonio, Bexar County

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Nelson Wolff issued a local state of disaster and public health emergency for San Antonio and Bexar County on Monday.

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The city declaration, filed under state law, also ordered that anyone quarantined for the coronavirus at Lackland be prohibited from entering the City of San Antonio “until further notice,” Nirenberg said.

The mayor proclaimed the state of disaster and public health emergency would be in effect for seven days unless continued or renewed by the city council.

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Wolff issued his own declaration a few hours and mirrors that of the city’s, which prohibits quarantined individuals from entering San Antonio. In addition to San Antonio, the county declaration includes the 26 other communities in Bexar County.

“This is not meant to alarm people. I think we’ve got good health officials here, but we’ve had problems with the CDC and how they’ve handled things and we’re not appreciative of putting our people at risk,” he said at an afternoon news conference.

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