(KTSA News) The COVID-19 Health Transition Team offering guidance to San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff on reopening local businesses has released a multi-phase plan.
“Reopening our economy is not without risk,” said Dr. Barbara Taylor, team chair. “In order to avoid a resurgence of COVID-19 in our community, we must be diligent, look out for members of our community who are most at risk, and remember that we are all in this together.”
The proposal is based on several factors, including a sustained decline in new cases of COVID-19, increased testing, effective contact tracing, and surge capacity, including sufficient hospital space, workforce, and PPE for healthcare workers.
The recommendations also take into account those who are medically at risk, as well as low-income communities, communities of color, and other marginalized communities.
The team recommends continuous monitoring to determine whether increased public health measures are needed, including a return to prior orders and restrictions.
Councilwoman Ana Sandoval, chair of the Community Health and Equity Committee, served as City Council’s liaison to the health transition team. Commissioner Justin Rodriguez served as the liaison for Commissioners Court.