Doctors in South Texas town issue warning against traveling to San Antonio due to coronavirus spike

Doctors in Alice are urging residents of the Jim Wells County city not to travel to San Antonio because of the local surge in COVID-19 cases.

The Alice Pediatric Clinic, a 45-year-old practice with handful of doctors in the city about two hours south of San Antonio, issued a travel advisory last Saturday.

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If residents are unable to avoid the San Antonio area, they are told to stay out of any indoor areas like restaurants, malls and bars.

“Adhere to face coverings, strict social distance, and good hand hygiene,” the advisory says. “Please inform family or friends if you do plan or did travel to high risk area so that you do not disrupt their bubble of protection on your return back home.”

Residents who do visit San Antonio are being asked to self-quarantine and to get tested five days after they return. They should also self-quarantine until they receive negative test results, the advisory says.

A similar warning was issued by the clinic against travel to the Houston-Galveston area on June 12. Alice’s city government also issued a travel advisory to Houston the same day.

San Antonio added 274 cases Monday. The total count is 7,156 cases with 4,252 active. Of those, 446 patients are hospitalized.

Madalyn Mendoza covers news and puro pop culture for | [email protected] | @maddyskye 

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