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COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic Information

COVID-19 TESTING

  • Call COVID-19 hotline 210-207-5779 (Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; Sat-Sun 8am-12pm) for general information and guidance.
  • Determine if you should be tested for COVID-19 with this online self-screening tool.
  • Call 833-213-0643 or register online for a free test.
  • Check for updates on COVID-19 Testing or call 311.
  • No-cost, no-appointment walk-up testing available at two City-run sites 10am - 2pm everyday (except City holidays). Only persons with COVID-19 symptoms will be tested. Locations are subject to change.
    • ​​​​​Ramirez Community Center, 1011 Gillette Blvd, San Antonio 78224
    • Cuellar Community Center, 5626 San Fernando St, San Antonio 78237

PANDEMIC NEWS & VIEWS

WHEN & HOW TO WEAR FACE COVERING

TRACKING COVID-19

HOW YOU CAN HELP

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Phase 2 @SAPL: All library locations provide contact-free pickup and nine locations offer computer access. Except for these services, all library locations remain closed to the general public to limit the spread of COVID-19.

As of September 21, 2020, San Antonio Public Library remains in Phase 2 of its four-phased approach of returning to full service. While Governor Abbott’s current orders indicate that businesses can reopen to the public at 75% capacity, San Antonio Public Library’s reopening decisions are based off of guidance from local health officials to most effectively limit the spread of COVID-19 in our area. Plans for Phase 3 are currently underway, and we will be sharing more information soon. Until then, San Antonio Public Library locations remain in Phase 2 which includes Contact-Free Pickup for holds available at all locations and public computer use available by appointment at nine locations as well as:
  • Free Wi-Fi available outside of 28 Library locations, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily (Forest Hills will have revised hours beginning 9/29/20).
  • Digital library card sign-up at mysapl.org and physical card pick-up available.
  • Online programming is available at mysapl.org/events.
  • Library staff is available by phone at 210-207-2500, Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and by chat at ask.mysapl.org, Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WELCOME

This guide aims to provide current information and reliable resources for understanding and responding to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Updated information and guidance will be provided as they become available from public health authorities.

WHAT IS COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, is caused by a novel coronavirus that was first identified as part of an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

WHAT'S A CORONAVIRUS?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). A novel coronavirus is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?
The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 spreads very easily and sustainably 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, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
  • It may be possible that a person can become infected by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-covid-spreads.html
  • People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Older adults and people with underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for serious complications from COVID-19. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND FAMILY
Currently there’s no vaccine for COVID-19, and the best way  to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

  • Stay home as much as possible and put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 ft) when you must go out while COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick (see above).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT OTHERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Wear a cloth face covering* in public spaces such as grocery stores where it's difficult to consistently maintain a safe distance of 6 ft from others. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms. Face covering also adds an extra layer of protection for yourself but does not replace social distancing as the main preventive measure.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

*CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. Surgical masks and N95 respirators are in short supply and should be reserved for healthcare workers or other medical first responders.

Managing Anxiety and Stress

 
24/7 Mental Health Support Line
Texas Health and Human Services launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Call toll-free at 1.833.986.1919 anytime to speak to a counselor.
 
See more Counseling & Wellness Resources here

CDC COVID-19 GUIDANCE VIDEOS

ACTIVITIES RANKED IN RELATIVE RISK LEVEL FOR COVID-19

AVOID FAKE NEWS AND HEALTH MISINFORMATION

Since COVID-19 is such a fast-moving pandemic, rumors and misinformation sometimes from seemingly reliable sources are inevitable. It's best to rely on information from authoritative sources such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the World Health Organization (WHO). Below are some critical-thinking steps to help you sort out facts from fake news.