Bexar County Medical Society


Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


COVID-19 Testing has substantially increased in
San Antonio!

Testing Criteriaa for COVID-19
April 3, 2020


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Legal Aspects of Patient Quarantine

Shelter in Place Emergency Declaration March 23, 2020
Metro Health Letter to Physicians-How to Access COVID-19 Testing for Your Patients -
March 16, 2020
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UPDATE - New information on Telemedicine Payments


COVID-19 Phone Hotlines

All Patients Who Need Testing MUST HAVE Signs/Symptoms of COVID-19. Asymptomatic Patients will NOT be Tested

§ San Antonio COVID-19 Testing Center

o   (210) 233-5970 - Primary Care Providers line for referrals of citizens who are wanting the test

o   (210) 233-5978 - Other Health Care Workers (e.g. Nursing Homes, Clinics, etc.)

o   (210) 233-5967 - Hospital-based Providers (Including physicians) and 1st Responders-Referral should come from the facility's single point of contact

§ General Public Hotlines

o   (210) 207-5779 - San Antonio Metro Health

o   (877) 570-9779 7 am to 6 pm - Texas Dept. of State Health Services (DSHS) Hotline

o   COVID-19 Local Health Entities Full List by County-DSHS

§  Physician and Healthcare Workers Hotlines

o San Antonio Metro Heath Epidemiology (210) 207-8876

o Outside San Antonio, Texas DSHS Region 8 (210) 949-2000; after hours (210) 949-2121

o COVID-19 Local Health Entities Full List by County-DHSH


San Antonio Metro HealthThis is our local source for information on any public health issue. Their Novel Coronavirus webpage has information for the San Antonio community and has resources to track global information.

§  COVID-19 Global Map – Displays a global map and lists confirmed cases, deaths and recovered cases by country/region.

§  COVID-19 Print MaterialsThis site includes printable posters in multiple languages:

o   What is COVID-19

o   Reduce Your Risk

§  COVID-19 Information from SA Metro Health Dept. of Epidemiology specific for :

o  Clinicians

o   Hospitals

o  Home Health Care

o   Long Term Care And Nursing Homes

o   Mental Health Providers


Local Hospitals News and Information

§  Baptist Hospital System

o   Visitor Guidelines

§  CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System

o   What is CHRISTUS Doing to Plan and Prepare for COVID-19?

§  Methodist Hospital System

o   COVID-19 - Homecare Instructions

§  University Health System

o   Coronavirus:What you need to know

o   Worried you were exposed to coronavirus? Guidelines from University Health System


South Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) COVID-19 Information STRAC is designated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to develop, implement and maintain the regional trauma and emergency healthcare system for the 22 counties in Trauma Service Area - P (TSA-P). This page includes:

§  RHMOC documents

§  Federal Guidances

§  Application logins

§ Local and state links

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) -This is the Texas source of information for current situation updates about COVID-19. It includes detailed information for a multitude of public and business types.

§  Public

§  Hospitals & Healthcare Professionals

§  Travelers

§  CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers

§  Printable Materials-This includes posters in English and Spanish for:

o   Coronavirus Alert for Healthcare Settings

o   Symptoms of Coronavirus

o   Stop the spread of Germs


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-This link provides a wealth of information and what you need to know about COVID-19. This page is updated as the situation changes. a few of the direct links are:

§  How it spreads

§  Prevention & treatment

§  Frequently asked questions



World Health Organization (WHO)

§  Rolling Updates on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)-Provides a list of news, events and speeches from WHO on COVID-19

§  Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak- Provides a List of news, events and speeches from WHO on COVID-19

o   Protect Yourself

o  Your questions answered

o   Travel advice

o   Protect Yourself

o   Situation reports

o   Media resources

o   Technical guidance

o  Research and Development


Texas Medical Association (TMA)This site has updated news and information. As more reports come in on the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, TMA has convenned a task force of public health experts to help Texas physciains prepare for the next phase. Included on this page is information on:

§  Recommendations for Infection Control

§  Persons Under Investigation (PUI)

§  Specimen Collection and Testing

§  Clinical Care

§  Infection Control and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

§  Home Care

§  Specialty Physicians Guidelines

§  Printable Materials for Healthcare Settings


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