Westover Hills pulls out of plan to house COVID-19 patients

Plan was harshly criticized by county commissioner

San Antonio (Illustration by Henry Keller)
San Antonio (Illustration by Henry Keller) (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – Westover Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare has pulled out of a plan to house COVID-19 patients, San Antonio city officials confirmed Tuesday.

On Friday, city officials had announced a plan to potentially house patients from nursing homes at Westover Hills and River City Care Center.

But the plan faced harsh criticism, leading Westover Hills to backtrack on those plans.

“One of them selected to pull out because of the intense scrutiny and frankly political backlash that had been occurring over there and in this process,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. “We were notified late yesterday that had taken place and we’ll see what happens with River City. That kind of scrutiny is also occurring over there.”

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Now, officials will evaluate what to do next, Nirenberg said.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said Westover complained about the media coverage and criticism on social media.

“They didn’t want that kind of scrutiny,” Wolff said.

No residents had been moved to either facility at this time and the localized outbreak at Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation remains the only one in San Antonio so far.

About the Authors:

Fares Sabawi has been a journalist in San Antonio for four years. He has covered several topics, but specializes in crime, courts, open records and data visualization.

Emmy-award winning reporter Dillon Collier joined the KSAT 12 Defenders in 2016. Dillon's investigative stories air weeknights on the Nightbeat. He provides restaurant health reports for KSAT's "Behind the Kitchen Door." Dillon is a two-time Houston Press Club Journalist of the Year and a Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Reporter of the Year.