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Medina County Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information:

June 3, 2020 - The Governor issued GA-26 relating to the expanded opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster. Order GA-19

May 22, 2020 - The Governor issued GA-25 relating to the closing of County and Municipal Jails to in-person visitation in response to COVID-19 disaster.  ORDER GA-25

April 30, 2020 - The Governor issued Order GA-18 and the Open Texas Guidelines that further explains Order GA-18.  Medina County shall follow the directives in both documents.  Click the following links to view the Order and Guidelines.  ORDER GA-18

Open Texas Guidelines      Open Texas Checklists

Judge Schuchart has signed the Attestation for Rural Counties with Five or Fewer Laboratory Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 under Order GA-18. For case counts  Please visit the Department of State Health Services at the following link or the County's Case Chart below: 

https://txdshs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/ed483ecd702b4298ab01e8b9cafc8b83

Supplemental Order - April 17, 2020

Declaration of Local Disaster Amendment - April 13, 2020

 

Declaration of Local Disaster - April 9, 2020

 

This is the latest Order in effect from the Governor.  It allows only for essential services and activities.  Medina County will enact a Local Order consistent with this order.  Please follow this Order.  Chris Schuchart, Medina County Judge    Governor's Oder - March 31, 2020

Declaration of Local Disaster - March 19, 2020

Governor's Local Disaster - March 19, 2020

Declaration of Local Disaster - March 18, 2020

Current Case Count:

Last update June 5, 2020:

 **DSHS Surveillance Case Definitions for 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

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 

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  • 04/29/2020 Medina County is reporting its 20th case of COVID-19. This case is in the 78253 zip-code.  This individual is believed to have acquired the virus through travel outside the County but within Texas and is hospitalized. Click here for full Press Release 

    04/23/2020 Medina County is reporting its 18th and 19th cases of COVID-19.  The 18th and 19th case are both in the 78009-zip code and reside in the same household.  These cases have acquired the virus through community spread and are isolating at home.  Click here for full Press Release

    04/21/2020 Medina County is reporting its 16th and 17th cases of COVID-19. The 16th case is in the 78861** 78886-zip code and this individual is believed to have acquired the virus through close contact and is isolating at home.  The 17th case is in the 78023-zip code and this individual is believed to have acquired the virus through community spread and is isolating at home.  The County is also reporting the one individual hospitalized is now isolating at home.  **Correction - 16th Case is in the 78861 zip code**   Click here for full Press Release

    04/15/2020 Medina County is reporting its 15th case of COVID-19. This case is in the 78886-zip code.  This individual is believed to have acquired the virus by community spread and is hospitalized.  The county is also reporting two (2) additional cases as recovered.                    Click here for full Press Release

    04/14/2020 Medina County is reporting its 14th case of COVID-19. This case is in the 78861-zip code.  This individual is believed to have acquired the virus by community spread and is isolating at home. Click here for full Press Release

    04/11/2020 Medina County is reporting its 13th case of COVID-19. This case is in the 78039-zip code. The case was related to travel within Texas but outside of the county and was hospitalized. We sadly are also reporting the second death for Medina County. For the privacy of the family, no additional information will be released. Our sympathy goes out to those family and friends that are affected by this loss. Click here for full Press Release

    04/10/2020   The 11th and 12th Case of COVID-19 has been reported in the 78059 zip code.  It has been determined that this case is associated with community spread of the virus and is isolating at home.   The 12th case is in 78861 zip code. This case is associated to person to person transmission (same household) and is isolating at home.  Click here for full Press Release

    04/09/2020 The 10th Case of COVID-19 has been reported in the 78861 zip code area.  Transmission is due to close contact, within the same household. There has been no local businesses identified that this person may have visited and are self-isolating at home. 

    COVID-19 Case(s) reported/updated 04/08/2020

    COVID-19 7th Case reported 04/07/2020

    COVID-19 5th & 6th Case reported 04/06/2020

    COVID-19 4th Case reported 04/04/2020

    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

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    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.

    Click here for full Press Release

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

  • Reminder for residents to please call ahead to your Health Care Provider if you feel you need medical attention and have symptoms of COVID 19. This is for the protection of our healthcare workers to be able to prepare for your visit.

    Self-Screening Tool The City of San Antonio has launched a COVID-19 self-screening tool.  The web-based platform is available in English and Spanish and can be found at http://www.sanantonio.gov. This tool will help a person understand if they should seek COVID-19 testing from their health care provider, depending on the symptoms they report.  It does not replace medical care but may ease people’s minds if they feel they have symptoms of the disease.


    Information for the Public

    Social distancing means remaining out of crowded public places were close contact with others may occur. Avoid mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

    TRANSMISSION

    The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

    • Between People who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes

    It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by toughing a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. 

    SYMPTOMS

    Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

    PREVENTION

    The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid flu, CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

    • Stay home when you are sick.

    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


  • COVID-19 Testing 

    COVID-19 drive through testing appointments are available in San Antonio/Bexar County by calling 210-233-5970 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day.  Appointments are required for the Freeman Coliseum testing site (next to the AT&T Center) or the Texas MedClinic site at 2530 SW Military. For more information on San Antonio testing sites, click here.  For more information about additional test sites state-wide, visit https://txcovidtest.org.   Local hospitals and doctors’ offices may also provide testing.