On March 20, 2020, Mayor Ralph Gutierrez declared a local state of disaster and public health emergency. Schertz City Council extended the declaration on March 24. At the June 23 City Council meeting, Council extended the declaration of disaster and public health emergency until the Disaster Declaration put in place by Governor Abbott expires.
Some city events, programs, and services have been impacted by COVID-19 and more information is provided on our News and Information section of the website’s homepage. The City continues to share updates with residents on Schertz.com, and the City’s Facebook page.
reporting of covid-19 case data:
Texas Rent Relief Program
Governor Abbott announced on February 9, 2021, that the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has launched the Texas Rent Relief Program — the first statewide rent and utility assistance program for qualifying households throughout Texas. This program has been created to administer the more than $1 billion allocated to Texas through the latest federal COVID-19 stimulus bill. TDHCA will begin accepting applications for the program on Monday, February 15th, but Texans can visit TexasRentRelief.com starting today to learn more about qualifications, required documents, and the application process.
On March 2 Governor Abbott announced Executive Order (GA-34) which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Executive Order (GA-34) lifts the statewide mask mandate in Texas and increases the capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100 percent. This order supersedes GA-17, GA-25, GA-29 (mask mandate) & GA-31.
The following are some of the key updates:
- Effective March 10, 2021:
- No COVID-19-related operating limits for any business or other establishment (means businesses can open at 100%)
- No person may be required by any jurisdiction to wear or to mandate the wearing of a face covering (lifting of the state-wide mask mandate). However, individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household.
- If COVID-19 hospitalizations in any of the 22 hospital regions in Texas get above 15% of the hospital bed capacity in that region for seven straight days, a County Judge in that region may use COVID-19 mitigation strategies. However, County Judges may not impose jail time for not following COVID-19 orders nor may any penalties be imposed for failing to wear a face mask. If restrictions are imposed at a County level, those restrictions may not include reducing capacity to less than 50% for any type of entity.
- Public Schools may operate as provided by, and under the minimum standard health protocols found in, guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency. Private schools and institutions of higher education are encouraged to establish similar standards.
- Everyone is strongly encouraged to use good-faith efforts and available resources to follow DSHS health recommendations.
- Nothing in this order precludes businesses or other establishments from requiring employees or customers to follow additional hygiene measures, including the wearing of a face covering.
All businesses should continue to follow the minimum standard health protocols from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
Department of State Health Services
STATE AND COUNTY HEALTH SERVICES
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health agencies in monitoring and reporting confirmed cases.
DSHS Public Health Region 8 is the lead agency for information on COVID-19 in Guadalupe County. Residents can contact them for more information at (210) 949-2000 (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is the lead agency for information on COVID-19 for Bexar County and residents can call their hotline to ask questions about the virus. The hotline is available in English and Spanish. Residents can call (210) 207-5779. (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Comal County Public Health is the lead agency for information on COVID-19 for Comal County. Residents can contact them for more information at (830) 221-1150 (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). Comal County Public Health has COVID-19 Information page setup.