San Antonio community organizations help state researchers track non-fatal overdoses
Bexar County community groups help state addiction researchers get a better sense of what the overdose data shows in vulnerable communities that don't have access to health care. Members are being trained on a new database that's set to launch statewide in the fall.
San Antonio pediatric nurse practitioner back home after battling COVID-19 for months in hospital
SAN ANTONIO – Justine Vine, a pediatric nurse practitioner who tested positive for COVID-19 in June, was released from the hospital on Friday after recovering from a medically induced coma. “It was really nice just to see familiar, friendly, happy faces that I hadn’t seen in a long time,” Vine said. After being in a medically induced coma for 56 days, he began to improve. Vine said he will continue to work on his walking and hopes to recover soon to get back to work as a pediatric nurse practitioner. “It’s incredible that we can have him back and just spend time together,” said Esther Aguayo, Vine’s wife.
What’s Up South Texas!: Cafe serves as recovery center for those battling drug, alcohol addiction
She has since opened a local café called Comfort Café which helps keep the residential recovery center operating. “It is a recovery center helping families recover from their addictions,” Lopez said. “So we started in Smithsville where we have a women’s program, a men’s program, and a family program on the campus. “I help everyone at the café serving and connecting with people and letting them know we are more than just a café,” Payne said. That came with legal issues, homelessness, not knowing where my next meal is coming from.”After entering the program, Payne learned he was not alone.
Ground broken on new addiction recovery center on North Side
SAN ANTONIO A new addiction recovery center is now under construction on the North Side. Tuesday morning marked the groundbreaking for Rise Recoverys Charlie Naylor Campus by Interstate 410 and Vance Jackson Road. The facility is expected to be open summer 2021, and it will be dedicated to helping teens and young adults recovering from addiction. More information about Rise Recovery and their future space can be found on their website riserecovery.org. Related: Virus outbreak creates new challenges for addiction recovery
City Council approves $191M Recovery & Resiliency Plan to help families impacted by COVID-19
SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio City Council passed a $191 million Recovery and Resiliency Plan Thursday in an effort to help residents struggling from the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan will use a mix of federal and city dollars for programs such as job training, rent assistance, small business grants and internet access for students. Mayor Ron Nirenberg said the plan will serve as an opportunity for the city to move past where it was before the pandemic began. Several organizations, such as the Texas Organizing Project, said there had not been enough opportunity for community input. RELATED: City considers federal money Recovery & Resilience Plan
San Antonio man returns home after weeks in the hospital battling COVID-19
SAN ANTONIO Editors note: The video above has been modified to include bonus footage not seen on our traditional newscasts. After spending weeks in the hospital battling COVID-19, one San Antonio man is finally heading home. Luis Diaz first went to the hospital with what he and his family thought was a sinus infection or horrible allergies. Our dad died three times in the last 60 days and he walked out alive today, said Sean Diaz, Luis son. Its just very emotional, Sean said.
Metro Health tracking recovery of COVID-19 patients
SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is reaching deeper into the COVID-19 population by tracking the recovery of coronavirus patients. KSAT's Garrett Brnger spoke with Metro Health's assistant director of community health about what they hope to accomplish with the Response Recovery Initiative, which began Wednesday. COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March. MORE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE FROM KSAT:
Women, children now have shelter after devastating church recovery house fire
The campus helped women going through drug and alcohol addiction as well as domestic abuse. Church officials said eight women and three children were displaced after the fire. An accidental fire destroyed the home which has left eight women and three children without shelter. An accidental fire destroyed the home which has left eight women and three children without shelter. We were just like, ‘Wow.’”An accidental fire destroyed the home which has left eight women and three children without shelter.