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Medina County Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information:

Current Case Count:

Last update January 15, 2021:  Please note the Cases with TDCJ Offenders have been removed from the Case Count Chart.  For update TDCJ prison count click the following link ** TDCJ Prison Count updates**

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COVID-19 Case Update

Total Reported Cases 2821
Total Active Cases (including Pending)   268
Recovered Cases  2517
Deaths     36
Total Probable Cases   797
Ever Hospitalized   157

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


VACCINE INFORMATION:

Update from The Medina County Health Unit:

Due to the extensive waiting list we currently have for COVID-19 vaccine, we will not be taking any more names at this time.  For those currently on the waiting list, we will contact them when vaccine becomes available. We are making plans to move to an online registration process to sign up for the vaccine and will notify the public through our Medina County coronavirus website page, Facebook and Twitter sites, as well as notifying our local newspapers when this site is accessible. 


ORDERS:

December 29, 2020 - Effective December 27, 2020 Medina County is now in a Trauma Service Area as defined on Page 3, Paragraph 2 per the past Executive Order GA-32 issued by Gov. Abbott on October 7, 2020. As a result TABC is requiring all bars to close and most business establishments be limited to 50% occupancy.  Please refer to Governor's Order GA-32  DSHS GA-32 Letter for further information.  

December 28, 2020 -  The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) notified TABC that Medina County is included in a Trauma Service Area (TSA) that now has high hospitalizations as defined by the current executive order.  Medina County previously filed a certification form with TABC to indicate that the County opted to open bars and similar establishments in the County.  Because the County is now located within a high hospitalization TSA, bars and similar establishments in the County may remain open only if the County has separately filed and are in compliance with the attestation form promulgated by DSHS regarding minimal cases of Covid-19 in the County.  Accordingly, the County has been notified by DSHS that the attestation has been revoked and therefore the County is ineligible to remain open for bars. Opt-In Form 

Since Medina County is now in a Trauma Service Area that has had seven consecutive days in which COVID hospitalizations as a percentage exceeds 15 percent of the total hospital beds.  Any business establishment that would be operating at 75% occupancy must now operate at up to only 50%.  This does not include the establishments that are exempt pursuant to GA-32 and any GA’s prior to 32.

October 13, 2020 - The County Judge has signed the Opt-In Form relating to GA-32 for the opening of Bars in Medina County.  Opt-In Form  Check List for Bar Owners Check List for Patrons

October 8, 2020 - The Governor issues GA-32 relating to relating to the continued response to the COVID-19 disaster as Texas reopens.  GA-32

September 17, 2020 - The Governor issued GA-30 relating to the continued response to the COVID-19 disaster as Texas reopens. GA-30

July 6, 2020 - The Governor issued GA-29 relating to the use of face coverings during the COVID-19 disaster.  Order GA-29

June 26, 2020 - The Governor issued GA-28 relating to the targeted response to the COVID-19 disaster as part of the reopening of Texas.  Order GA-28

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

       

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

  • COVID-19 Testing 

    Medina County clinics offering COVID testing and Telemedicine.  Please call before going in.  

    • Medical Clinic of Hondo; 830-426-7444
    • Medical Clinic of Devine; 830-665-2876
    • Medical Clinic of Castroville; 830-538-3035
    • Medina Regional Hospital; Hondo 830-426-7444
    • South Texas Rural Health Services; Hondo  830 426-5288
    • South Texas Rural Health Services; Devine  830 663-5450
    • MedCare Associates; Castroville 830-931-3336
    • Bios Family Clinic; Castroville 830-538-2467
    • Little Alsace Urgent Care; Castroville 830-538-3550
    • Medina Valley Family Practice; Castroville 830-538-2254

    Drive Through 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. 

  • 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.