San Antonio, University Health officials urge residents to stay home for New Year’s Eve as hospitals overwhelmed
Instagram / universityhealthsaAs San Antonians look ahead to the new year, University Health and local officials want to make sure residents stay safe in the midst of a COVID-19 surge. Dr. Bryan Alsip of University Health was joined by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Sheriff Javier Salazar, and Mayor Ron Nirenberg during a Friday press conference dedicated to concerns of the extremely-transmissible omicron variant. Local leaders are asking that San Antonio residents do their part to protect themselves and others against the coronavirus, particularly to avoid a crisis in the city’s health care system. Given that the reminder comes on New Year’s Eve, officials are asking residents to pass on the usual New Year’s Eve parties and other celebratory events.mysanantonio.com
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