Category: COVID-19

Total COVID-19 Deaths Have Surpassed 150,000 Americans, One Texan Died Every Six Minutes Last Week From the Coronavirus

For Immediate Release July 29, 2020 Contact: Abhi Rahman, (720)299-0654, Total COVID-19 Deaths Have Surpassed 150,000 Americans One Texan Died Every Six Minutes Last Week From the Coronavirus Trump, Abbott, and Patrick Continue to Parade around Midland-Odessa Austin, TX —  As Donald Trump, Greg Abbott, and Texas Republicans parade around in Midland-Odessa, today, more than 150,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus, by far the most in the world. In Texas, it has gotten so bad that last week, it was reported that a Texan dies from the coronavirus every six minutes   Donald Trump and Greg Abbott have...

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COVID-19 and the Aftermath that Comes With It

By Yvette Tello Covid-19 is not real until it touches your life. This is just one story, a true story, that I was witness to. As I shared last week on July 4th, one of my employees was taken to the hospital by his wife. She dropped him off at the front door and went to park her car. When she walked in, the security guard informed her husband had passed away when he walked in the building. His heart stopped. He was positive for the coronavirus. She was checked in positive with a coronavirus. She stayed in the...

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BCMS Statement on Reopening of Schools

Contact: Mary E. Nava Chief Government Affairs Officer 210-382-6137 cell                                                                                                 July 22, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BCMS COVID-19 Task Force Position Statement Regarding Face-to-Face Reopening of Schools Since its founding, the mission of the Bexar County Medical Society has been to provide quality health care for our patients and the public. We represent over 5,000 physicians and medical students who strive to make Bexar County a healthier community. Over the past six weeks, the San Antonio community has experienced a dramatic rise in the COVID-19 testing positivity rate (growing from 4% to 22%) and community/close contact transmission of the virus (now at 90%). This recent and dramatic increase in cases now strains area hospitals and healthcare delivery. This situation will require time for public health mitigation strategies to take hold so that the number of new cases is reduced to a manageable level. Until COVID-19 infections are under control, public health officials have banned (to the extent permitted by law) large indoor group settings and interactions. Yet, at the same time, Texas public schools are being told to open for in-person classroom instructions within the next few weeks. Schools at every grade level are currently faced with a near impossible challenge to implement in-person learning while simultaneously responding to legitimate health and safety concerns of the teachers, administrators, students, and their families. As physicians, we are well-aware of the...

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Texans Keep On Dying, Trump and Abbott Keep Lying

For Immediate Release July 23, 2020 Contact: Abhi Rahman, (720) 299-0654, Texans Keep Dying, Trump and Abbott Keep Lying Texans Experience Another Day with Over 170 Deaths, 960 Deaths Over the Past Week, the Worst Stretch Since the Pandemic Began No, It Has Not Gotten Better Austin, TX — Today, the state of Texas reported another 173 deaths and 9,507 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. This total means that nearly 1,000 Texans have died this week, the worst stretch since the pandemic began. To put it in perspective, there were 960 deaths this week, a staggering increase from the 752 coronavirus deaths in Texas that occurred in all of June. Today, Donald Trump said he thought testing was “overrated” while the United States passed 4,000,000 coronavirus cases, the most by far of any country in the world. On the state level, Greg Abbott continues to wait on the sidelines and hang out with billionaire Elon Musk, rather than doing his job and give local leaders the tools they need to combat the coronavirus crisis in their communities.  As other countries begin to open back up and get back to normal, America remains largely shut down and Texas is one of the biggest coronavirus hotspots in the world. This is directly due to the failures of Trump and Abbott at the federal and state level. Trump and Abbott mismanaged...

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Over 500 Small Businesses Served by the Westside Development Corporation During COVID Pandemic So Far

Contact: Vincent Estrada (210) 347-3297 July 20, 2020 San Antonio, TX – The Westside Development Corporation (WDC), an economic development nonprofit for the westside of San Antonio, has helped more than 500 local small businesses since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they are just getting started. “Our small and micro businesses are the backbone of the westside economy. Many of our residents are employed by these businesses and rely on them for their livelihood. We’re committed to doing everything we can and connect them to every available resource to give them the best chance of weathering this...

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School Reopening Plans and Small Business Recovery Grants

Dear Neighbors, Schools: Will They or Won’t They? In light of the high levels of COVID-19 in our community right now, I don’t believe our community is ready to send our students back to school in person, and certainly not like normal. My office has received messages from many parents and teachers concerned about the start of the school year. Fortunately, state policies will allow local health authorities to keep schools closed for in-person instruction, without risking school funding. This is a tremendous responsibility that the City does not take lightly. While remote instruction has its challenges, the health concerns of in-school instruction are great – not just for students, but for teachers and staff. Metro Health has brought together a group to develop recommendations on when and how in-person instruction should begin. The group includes teachers, parents, students, teachers’ unions, school districts, universities, pediatricians, and public health professionals. An update from the task force is scheduled to be provided as early as this evening at the Daily COVID-19 Briefing. You can watch the daily briefings weekdays at 6:13pm on Facebook or on the TVSA website. Northside ISD announced that students will start the school year on August 24 with distance learning. There will be no in-person instruction until at least the Tuesday after Labor Day, September 8, at the earliest. San Antonio ISD also announced their reopening plan,...

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SAGE to host webinar on mental and physical health amid COVID-19

Media Contact David Mandujano 210-601-3843 Health professionals will join in to discuss the importance on health during the current pandemic SAN ANTONIO (June 26, 2020) – As global and recent events continue, San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE) is looking to help Eastside residents with ways to improve their mental and physical health during this trying time. We invite you to register for our upcoming Eastside Business Briefing – Mental and Physical Health during COVD-19. This free and virtual event will be held June 30 at 10:30am   Speakers Dr. Melissa Walker, Velma Gettelman and Dr. Stacy Ogbeide will join us in the discussion and offer tips on this very important issue, especially during pandemics. To register please visit Our webinar will be hosted through the Zoom Platform so please make sure you are a registered user first. See you there (virtually)! WHO: San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE) WHAT: Eastside Business Briefing (EBB) WHEN: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 (10:30 AM)  About San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside SAGE is a non-profit organization that serves as a growth engine for San Antonio’s Eastside. Through partnerships, alliances and leveraging resources, we help Eastside businesses expand and grow while supporting new businesses joining our community. Our passion is storytelling and celebrating the successes of San Antonio’s Eastside. For more information, visit: ### SAGE...

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Primero hay que ubicar DACA, Programa de Acción Diferida para los llegados en la infancia, como una acción ejecutiva temporal tras décadas de negociaciones fallidas en el congreso y ambigüedades políticas; tratare de establecer su definición y alcances, así como contextualizarla. La acción diferida es el uso de la discreción procesal, para diferir la acción procesal de remoción o deportación de una persona por un periodo de tiempo determinado, no proporciona derecho a la ciudadanía, ni estatus legal, si da derecho a la autorización de empleo, obtención de licencias de conducir, ingreso a la universidad, pago de impuestos, trabajo...

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Bexar County Covid Relief Funding

A new grant program with limited funding is now available for qualifying small businesses in Bexar County! Grants are available in collaboration with Bexar County, LiftFund, and Commissioner Justin Rodriguez’s Office. This and other FREE small business assistance is available by calling the Westside Small Business Helpline at 210-598-8482! A HUGE thank you to our partners in this initiative! LiftFund US , Justin Rodriguez , District 5-Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales Small Business Relief Program Applications for the Bexar County Small & Micro Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program are now being accepted! Eligible businesses in Bexar County can receive a grant up to $25,000. Apply...

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COVID-19 Monday Morning Brief

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS Monday, May11, 2020 8:00 a.m. COVID-19 Monday Morning Brief Brought to you by The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce   U.S. Texas Bexar County Total Cases 1,309,541 38,394 1,887 Total Deaths 78,794 1,066 56 MONDAY MORNING OBSERVATION –RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT AND FLASHING YELLOW It’s been 7 weeks sinceSan Antonio and Bexar County issued the joint Stay Home, Work Safe order.  Itis set to expire in 9 days with no indication of being extended.  Last week’s news cycle was an interdependent mess of April unemployment numbers,majorbankruptcy headlines, and more alarming data on COVID-19 impact to...

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Latinos Confront the Pandemic

By Ricardo Romo Latinos live in significant numbers in four states hard hit by the Covid-19 Pandemic: California, Texas, New York, and Florida. It is already evident that the Covid-19 health crisis is changing the way we live, work, and learn, as well as the ways we interact with others. Because Latino families have a lower family income and higher poverty rates than most Americans, their situation is precarious when it relates to job losses, homework via the web, and access to health care. While fast becoming the most serious health crisis of our lifetime, it is too early...

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