Metro Health problems well being directive mandating mask in Bexar County colleges

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SAN ANTONIO The Bexar County Health Authority has issued a well being directive for public colleges after a pass judgement on granted San Antonio and the county a short lived restraining order towards Gov. Greg Abbotts government order banning masks mandates in colleges.

We received a perfect victory lately, mentioned Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.

Were not off course now, however I will have to say its unhealthy occasions, he persisted.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg mentioned the well being directive, issued via Dr. Junda Woo, the Metro Health clinical director, will take impact in an instant.

We will have to offer protection to those that are nonetheless no longer eligible to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine, which incorporates all kids underneath age 12, and the unvaccinated individuals in their family, mentioned Woo in a written commentary.

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The well being directive contains the next:

  • Schools shall practice the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggestions for common indoor covering and require all scholars (age 2 and older), workforce, academics, and guests to Ok-12 colleges, without reference to vaccination standing, to put on a face masks indoors.

  • Schools shall notify the scholars oldsters or guardians when the varsity learns {that a} scholar used to be in shut touch, as outlined via the CDC, with a COVID-19 certain particular person on campus or all through a school-related match.
  • Unvaccinated people who are made up our minds to be in shut touch with a COVID-19 certain particular person shall quarantine for 14 days after their remaining touch with an individual who has COVID-19, as advisable via the CDC. “

  • Students, staff, teachers, and visitors shall remain off campus and not attend any school-sponsored events during their quarantine period.

  • Fully vaccinated individuals should get tested three to five days after their exposure even if they dont have symptoms and wear a mask in indoor public spaces for 14 days. Fully vaccinated individuals need not quarantine.

See the full health directive below or click here.

Nirenberg discussed the severity of COVID-19 in our area, saying the positivity is currently at 21.4%. He said the positivity rate was at 24.2% during last years surge in July. See todays COVID-19 numbers and what to know about the latest rise in San Antonio and surrounding areas here.

Those numbers are climbing every day, Wolff said, adding that he believes the number of hospitalizations will climb beyond those seen during the winter surge.

San Antonio city attorney Andy Segovia said the expecation is that there will be compliance by school districts regarding the new health directive.

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North East Independent School District, San Antonio ISD, Idea Public Schools San Antonio, Edgewood ISD and South San Antonio ISD have stated they would comply with the health directive.

Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales said they are taking it one step at a time and hope the judge makes it a permanent injunction. He says he believes other jurisdictions and counties are looking to Bexar County and San Antonio to see how they will proceed to protect their communities.

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Gonzales released the following statement on Tuesday.

Health officials have made it clear that there are two things that help to contain the spread of COVID-19, especially the Delta variant: vaccinations and masking. All that we are trying to do is to allow government to continue to serve the community, our schools to safely operate, to prevent the spread of this potentially deadly virus and avoid full closures. We know how harmful this latest surge has been to our community due to the highly infectious Delta variant. We could have avoided taking Governor Abbott to court if he would simply allow local government and schools to make public health decisions, with the advice of our local health experts, which are better suited for the circumstances present in our community. In coordination with the City of San Antonio, my office will continue to fight for the safety of the citizens of Bexar County.

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The temporary restraining order will remain in effect until another court hearing slated for 9 a.m. Monday.

City Manager Erik Walsh also announced Tuesday that all city facilities will require the use of face masks for staffs and visitors, which takes effect on Wednesday. Wolff said the Bexar County Sheriffs Office and SAPD have agreed to also enforce the mask order.

Watch the entire briefing in the video player below to hear more from city and county leaders. Click here to watch if you are reading KSATs coronavirus newsletter.

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Bexar County Health Directive 8/10/21

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