Nirenberg, Wolff seek Gov. Abbott’s approval to mandate masks in schools, government buildings

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SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff program to nonstop Texas Gov. Greg Abbott a missive requesting the quality to enforce masks successful schools and authorities buildings to curb a surge successful COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, officials announced Wednesday.

The petition comes arsenic Metro Health issued a caller advisory urging people, including those who are afloat vaccinated, to deterioration masks erstwhile indoors, echoing the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because of the governor’s mandate, section officials cannot enforce disguise wearing.

Nirenberg said a disguise mandate could assistance prevention the lives of children arsenic they hole to instrumentality to in-person acquisition erstwhile the schoolhouse twelvemonth starts successful a fewer weeks. They are besides requesting assistance with infirmary staffing amid the surge successful hospitalizations.

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“As you know, students younger than 12 are not yet eligible for vaccination truthful it’s connected each of america to support those young radical successful our community,” Nirenberg said during Wednesday’s briefing.

“Schools should beryllium capable to bash that,” Wolff said of a disguise mandate.

But the politician is improbable to assistance their request.

Even arsenic hospitalizations and infections levels surged passim the state, Abbott connected Tuesday changeable down the thought of disguise mandates connected Twitter.

“The clip for authorities disguise mandates is over—now is the clip for idiosyncratic responsibility,” Abbott wrote.

The clip for authorities disguise mandates is over—now is the clip for idiosyncratic responsibility.

In May, I signed an enforcement bid prohibiting disguise mandates by gov't entities.

Every Texan has the close to take whether they volition deterioration a disguise oregon person their children deterioration masks.

— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 27, 2021

In Bexar County, hospitals reported an summation of 44 COVID-19 patients implicit the past day, bringing existent hospitalizations to 629. In aboriginal July, astir 140 radical were hospitalized successful Bexar County.

Up to 97% of those hospitalized are not vaccinated.

“(Unvaccinated people) are putting themselves successful large jeopardy, they’re putting everybody other successful large jeopardy,” Wolff said.

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University Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bryan Alsip said the hospitalizations are straining the county’s furniture capableness and staffing.

“What is antithetic now, and peculiarly frustrating is that astir each COVID diligent admittance is preventable,” Alsip said. “Health attraction unit witnesser this each azygous day.”

But vaccination rates person appeared to stall successful San Antonio.

Last week, Metro Health reported 75% of radical 12 years and older had received astatine slightest 1 dose of the vaccine and 62.1% were afloat vaccinated. Those rates lone moved incrementally successful Tuesday’s update, to 75.5% and 62.5%, respectively.

Health officials said they proceed to question caller ways to get residents vaccinated.

“We are perpetually getting antithetic feedback from absorption groups and surveys from our partners truthful that we tin alteration the connection oregon alteration wherever we person the pop-up sites, alteration the hours,” said Metro Health Medical Director Dr. Junda Woo.

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