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Posted on: April 2, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Issues Public Health Advisory

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San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson issued a Public Health Advisory on April 2, “Stay Home to Save Lives”, continuing to urge the public to remain at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a video message to San Marcos residents April 2, Hughson said people making unnecessary trips may be contributing to the spread of the virus, which can live on inanimate objects for hours.

“We are still learning about this virus,” she said, “including how it spreads and right now is the time to use serious caution to save lives. You may not get sick, but your parents, grandparents, or small children may. No age group is immune.”

All Texas residents are currently under an Order from Governor Greg Abbott to remain at home. In that Order, the Governor said, “In accordance with guidance from Texas Department of Health Services Commissioner Dr. Hellerstedt, and to achieve the goals established by the President to reduce the spread of COVID-19, every person in Texas shall, except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services, minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.”

Hughson’s video message reiterated the imperative nature of staying home.

“Staying at home is proven to work,” she said. “In the communities where distancing is required, the number of cases levels off and then goes down. Where distancing is not required or encouraged, the number of cases continues to rise.”

The Mayor implored viewers to ask themselves if their reason for leaving their home was essential.

“If so,” she said, “proceed but keep your distance from others. And remember, do not touch your face! Upon your return home, wash your hands, clean your steering wheel, door handles and everything you touched between the last potentially germy surface and the sink where you washed your hands.”

Hughson also said she wants people to think more in terms of physical distancing than social distancing, because “…that’s really what it’s all about – staying a cough or sneeze away from anyone and everyone outside of your household family.”

The Mayor’s video message along with information about the City’s response to the COVID-19 crisis is available on our COVID-19 dedicated website: www.sanmarcostx.gov/covid19info.

For media inquiries, contact communicationsinfo@sanmarcostx.gov.

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