San Antonio has prepared well for the pandemic, however we are asked to maintain social distancing to help us get back to normal soon, was the message that Partners, SVPSA Fellows and members of this year’s Master’s Leadership Program heard from Partner Kevin C. Dinnin on a Zoom call on March 28. He gave a video seminar on where our community stands on preparedness and response during the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately 30 listened in on all or part of the meeting and 13 listened to the recording.
Our community began social distancing earlier than other large cities, and the spread of the virus has not impacted our city quite as it has other areas, where there were not earlier warnings, and when social distancing was not initiated early enough. However there are many reasons to continue to be diligent with social distancing and protecting our family and neighbors, Dinnin said.
Dinnin stressed the importance of washing hands, staying home, social distancing and following the CDC guidelines to help us see a sooner end to the crisis. He noted that the virus does not initially appear to be slowing down even with warmer weather, but the social distancing measures are working.
He emphasized support for health care workers and doing what we can to ensure they have the supplies they need to keep themselves and patients safe.
Dinnin, President and CEO of the BCFS System. The BCFS System Emergency Management Division is nationally recognized as a leading partner for emergency management planning and response for federal, state and local governmental jurisdictions. The organization is currently engaged with establishing and operating numerous Hospital Alternate Care Sites in Texas and Louisiana, as well as numerous other missions including supporting the Baylor Scott and White System in establishing 11 COVID-19 test sites throughout the DFW Metroplex and Central Texas. Kevin has been participating in daily coordination calls for weeks with the US Department of State Health and Human Services, the CDC,and the Texas Department of State Health Services since February.