Quicklinks
Texas Counties Deliver

Medina County Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information:

Declaration of Local Disaster - March 19, 2020

Governor's Local Disaster - March 19, 2020

Declaration of Local Disaster - March 18, 2020

Letter from the Director of Medina County Health Unit

Press Releases:

Medina County. There is a letter being circulated on social media which is completely false. There are three confirmed Coronavirus cases in Medina County, that’s all. The letter inaccurately reports 59 cases. There are no road closures, no store closures, no shelter in place order. Please refer only to the Medina County website for information and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for accurate information. There are bad actors trying to spread panic and misinformation. This is criminal, will be investigated by the proper authorities and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Judge Schuchart

 

No photo description available.

 

COVID-19 2nd Report 03/27/2020

County Officials wanted all of our residents to be aware that two (2) more cases have been confirmed in Medina County, making a total of three (3) cases. 

These two additional cases are being investigated by DSHS and as additional information becomes available we will share.

COVID-19 1st Case Reported 03/17/2020

In an abundance of caution and in keeping with the recommendations of the CDC and the Texas Office of Court Administration, Medina County is taking precautionary measures to reduce potential exposure to our staff and local community members by restricting public access to all Medina County Offices.

If you have emergency business with one of the County Office, please contact that office by phone or email.

Thank you for your cooperation during this time.

Update Meeting Minutes:

March 17, 2020 

For important information or emergency postings  regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) please sign up with I-INFO Communications Registry (ARC, as shown below).   

Area Communications Registry

  • 03/13/2020

    Events are rapidly changing and we would advise you to follow the CDC and DSHS websites for accurate information. There are all hands on deck in Medina County and safety of our residents are priority. More information on testing and how to get tested will be coming very soon and commercial laboratories will be testing much more. Our elderly population and people with medical issues are at much greater risk. If you are ill with any flu like symptoms you need to consider our population at risk and stay home. We can't afford to overwhelm our hospital if it is not an emergency. Please call your physician or hospital before going in for guidance if you feel you may have been exposed and are symptomatic and your symptoms are not emergent. If you don't need to travel then don't. Consider postponing large gatherings for now and reschedule. Don't visit nursing homes unless you have an exception to do so. A reminder of the importance of washing your hands, not touching your face, washing surfaces often and staying home when you are ill are some of the tools to achieve prevention and containment. 

    What to know about COVID-19 testing: Community physicians and other clinical providers have access to CDC protocols to determine whether or not patients qualify for COVID-19 testing. Local testing for COVID-19 is currently available only by sending samples to the CDC, in coordination with Regional and LHD's and the CDC. People who do not have CDC-defined symptoms and exposure history will not be tested  for COVID-19 at this time.

    Businesses, schools and organizations should actively encourage sick employees to stay home, emphasize respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene. Some ideas to improve your work area could include providing tissues, hand sanitizer and no touch disposal receptacles. Place hand sanitizers in multiple locations or in conference rooms to encourage hand hygiene. Put signs or posters up about hand washing. Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained and perform routine cleaning of surfaces. Provide disposable wipes for commonly used surfaces (doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks).  

    Businesses, schools and organizations should look at how their operations would continue if they fall short staffed and consider cross training individuals as options. Other community level considerations and planning should include plans for social distancing and ways to minimize exposure like postponing activities or cancellation of mass gatherings if that needed to happen.  Also, consider plans for remote meeting options for the workplace. 

  • Pre-Approved Testing

    Currently, all confirmed COVID-19 cases are attributable to travel outside Texas or close contact with someone who traveled. Residents who believe they have been exposed to the virus and have symptoms, should call their physician or an urgent care clinic for an assessment, and if appropriate, a referral. Those who cannot afford a doctor’s visit may call Metro Health’s COVID-19 hotline at (210) 207-5779.

    Who is eligible for Pre-Approved Testing?

    1. First responders
    2. Healthcare
    3. VIA bus drivers
    4. Individuals who think they have been exposed and have symptoms, with a doctor’s pre-approval.

    All individuals must have an appointment

    QUESTIONS

    If you think you need to be tested, call your healthcare provider BEFORE arriving.

    Where can I get tested?
    Metro Health does not collect specimens. Specimens must be collected by a health care provider.

    What are the costs of COVID-19 testing?
    Metro Health does not charge to run a test.

    How long will it take to receive test results?
    Two business days

    Testing Criteria

    Interim Criteria to Guide Testing of Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    Guidelines - PUI 3-18-20.pdf