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, 2020. At the June 23, 2020 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 April 5 Governor Abbott announced Executive Order (GA-35) prohibiting state agencies or political subdivisions in Texas from creating a "vaccine passport" requirement, or otherwise conditioning receipt of services on an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status. The order also prohibits organizations receiving public funds from requiring consumers to provide documentation of vaccine status in order to receive any service or enter any place.
On March 2 Governor Abbott announced Executive Order (GA-34) which lifted the statewide mask mandate in Texas and increased 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.
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.