The message to San Antonio-area residents was stark and devoid of the lofty phrases and throat-clearing to which government is often prone when making such announcements.
“STAY HOME,” began the text message that appeared on the cellphones of residents of Bexar County, Texas, on Saturday.
“The COVID-19 virus is spreading rapidly across Bexar County. Local hospitals are approaching capacity. Protect yourself and your family. Stay home except for essential activities, wear a face covering and avoid gathering with people outside your household. STAY SAFE,” the message concluded.
The message was sent by the City of San Antonio and Bexar County Offices of Emergency Management, according to Spectrum Local News.
“This action is reserved for only for emergencies, and we have clearly reached emergency status,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. “We need every person in San Antonio and Bexar County to take this crisis seriously and behave accordingly to slow the exponential growth of the virus.”
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