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Indian Hills Coronavirus Statement

Indian Hills is taking the following steps during this unprecedented pandemic:

Suspending group events until further notice.These rules are County wide.

Encouraging general social distancing. Stay six feet apart unless a household member.  Visit by phone, social media, etc. with other residents and friends frequently.

Conducting business w/ residents via phone at every opportunity.

Utilizing self-tours of Indian Hills with prospects interested in moving to our Community

Mandating sick employees stay home

As of April 20, 2020 everyone must cover your nose and mouth when it's difficult to practice social distancing in a public place. Coverings may be masks, scarfs, bandannas or a handkerchief.

Residents shall use alternatives to coming into the clubhouse to pay their rent or mortgage
Pay by calling us to set up ACH withdrawals directly from checking account
(this can be on a "by request" basis or done automatically on the first of each month)
Pay on this website and make payments using PayPal.
Use the night deposit, located to the left of the entry door toward the corner of the Clubhouse.

If residents or prospects choose to entry the office please note that FACE MASK are MANDATORY to enter the building. No Exceptions.

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Individuals aren’t required to file taxes if they make less than $12,000 a year. The tax-preparation company TurboTax estimates that 10 million Americans fall into that category, and they include some low-income individuals, Supplemental Security Income recipients and Veterans Affairs beneficiaries.  These people probably won’t receive stimulus checks, even though they are eligible. 

Those individuals are eligible for a stimulus check, but without their income tax returns, it will be harder for the IRS to verify their income, calculate their payout and know where to send it.

The IRS has set up a web portal that will allow them to register for a stimulus. Those who don’t normally file a tax return can visit IRS.gov and look for “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here.” There, they can provide information including their Social Security number, name, address, and dependents. The IRS will use that information to confirm their eligibility and send them a stimulus payment. 

This week the Governor implemented recommendations regarding next steps to Open Texas.  Coinciding with Phase II of Open Texas, below you will also find information regarding recommendations from the City of San Antonio.  

State of Texas Phase II Open Texas Strategy 

Governor Abbott announced the beginning of “Phase II” in his strategy to Open Texas. Below is a brief outline of which businesses may open at 25% capacity. For a full listing of this information, please visit the Governor’s Strike Force Website

Effective May 18, 2020, the following businesses may open:

  • Gyms/Exercise Facilities;
  • Manufacturing previously not deemed “essential”;  
  • Office-based businesses.
  • Child Care Centers;
  • Massage and Personal-Care, Beauty Services;
  • Youth Clubs (including Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA); and
  • Youth Sports.

Effective Friday, May 22, 2020, the following businesses may open:

  • Bars;
  • Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcasting, Skating Rinks;
  • Rodeo/Equestrian Events;  
  • Zoos, Aquariums, Natural Caverns;
  • Restaurants can operate at 50% capacity 

Effective Sunday, May 31, 2020, the following businesses may open:

  • Day Youth Camps;
  • Overnight Youth Camps (including scouting, 4H, and vacation bible schools); and
  • Professional Sports (without in-person spectators).

The Governor noted that the state continues to have success in the following metrics:

  • The State has ample supplies of PPE (and is distributing more than 1 million masks per day), has increased testing (the number of Texans tested in the first part of May more than doubles the amount of tests conducted in March and April combined), and has been able to identify and respond more quickly to COVID-19 hotspots (he identified three types of hotspots: nursing homes, jails, and meat-packing plants).
  • The State’s positivity rate is dropping, even as the raw number of tests administered has increased.
  • Hospitalizations have remained relatively flat, and hospital capacity (including ventilators) is widely available.

City of San Antonio Stay Home Work Safe Measures Update

These “Stay Home Work Safe” measures (“Measures”) go into effect immediately and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on June 4, 2020, subject to San Antonio City Council approval.

1.     Every person in the City of San Antonio shall, except where necessary to provide or obtain Covered Services, minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. People over the age of 65, however, are strongly encouraged to stay at home as much as possible; to maintain appropriate distance from any member of the household who has been out of the residence in the previous 14 days; and, if leaving the home, to implement social distancing and to practice good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation. If individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces outside their home or engaged in Covered Services, then they must maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person.

a.     Face Coverings

All people 10 years or older are strongly encouraged to wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public place, or patronizing Covered Services, where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people such as visiting a grocery store/pharmacy or working in areas that involve close proximity with other coworkers. The CDC advises face coverings for people 2 years or older. Coverings may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, or a handkerchief. Residents must continue to maintain social distancing of at least six feet while outside their residence.

Employers that are Covered Services are strongly encouraged to provide face coverings to employees who are working in an area or activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet separation from other individuals is not feasible.  

IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU NOT OBTAIN OR WEAR MEDICAL MASKS or N-95 RESPIRATORS AS THEY ARE A NEEDED RESOURCE FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS. Our healthcare workers and first responders on the front-line combating COVID-19 must have priority access to medical masks or other personal protective equipment.

Face coverings do not need to be worn in the following circumstances:
·      When exercising outside or engaging in physical activity outside
·      While driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household as the driver
·      When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk
·      While pumping gas or operating outdoor equipment
·      While in a building or activity that requires security surveillance or screening, i.e. banks
·      When consuming food or drink

Please note that face coverings are a secondary strategy to other mitigation efforts. Face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing, frequent handwashing, and self-isolation when sick.  All people should follow CDC recommendations for how to wear and take off a mask.

Residents must keep up the following habits while in public:
·      wash your hands before you leave home and when you return,
·      stay at least six feet away from others, and
·      avoid touching your nose or face. 
·      Do not use disposable masks more than three times.
·      Wash reusable cloth masks regularly to prevent the spread of the virus.

Consistent with Executive Order GA-23 issued by Governor Greg Abbott, a civil or criminal penalty will not be imposed on individuals for failure to wear a face covering.  

Please visit the City of San Antonio COVID-19 website for additional information and helpful hints on the most effective way to use face coverings.

b.     For purposes of this Declaration, Covered Services are defined as specifically set out in Executive Order GA-23 issued by Governor Greg Abbott dated May 18, 2020:

   i.     Everything listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 3.0 or any subsequent version, plus religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship. These Covered Services are not subject to the conditions and limitations, including occupancy or operating limits, set forth for other Covered Services.

  ii.     To the extent they are not already CISA services or religious services, all Covered Services that are listed in Executive Order GA-23, subject to the conditions and limitations set out therein.

c.     Except as specifically set out in GA-23, people shall avoid visiting interactive amusement venues such as video arcades, amusement parks, or water parks, unless these enumerated establishments or venues are specifically added as a Covered Service by proclamation or future executive order of the governor. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the governor may by proclamation add to this list of establishments or venues that people shall avoid visiting. To the extent any of the establishments or venues that people shall avoid visiting also offer Covered Services permitted above, such as restaurant services, these establishments or venues can offer only the Covered Services and may not offer any other services.

d.     Nothing in this Declaration or its Measures prohibits people from accessing Covered Services or engaging in safe daily activities, such as going to the grocery store or gas station; providing or obtaining other Covered Services; visiting swimming pools, parks, beaches, rivers, or lakes; hunting or fishing; attending youth club meetings or events; or engaging in physical activity like jogging, bicycling, or other outdoor sports, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and to minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.

2.     Health Protocols for Covered Services.  In providing or obtaining Covered Services, all persons (including individuals, businesses and other organizations, and any other legal entity) should use good-faith efforts and available resources to follow the minimum standard health protocols recommended by Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), found at www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus. Nothing in these Measures or the DSHS minimum standards precludes requiring a customer wishing to obtain services to follow additional hygiene measures.

3.     The City acknowledges and supports full compliance with the Bexar County Judge’s Executive Order provisions that address rental property evictions, and foreclosure proceedings be followed and that these actions be suspended as defined by Bexar County Executive Order of County Judge Nelson W. Wolff.

4.     People who are sick should stay at home and not engage in any activity outside their residence unless related to treatment or health care. If someone in a household has tested positive for COVID-19 then they must follow the isolation and quarantine measures proscribed by local, state, or federal health authorities. If a member of a household tests positive then other members of the household should consider themselves positive if they become symptomatic and also follow the isolation and quarantine measures proscribed by local, state, or federal health authorities

5.     A number of health care providers and others have been marketing and administering COVID-19 antibody testing to consumers. False claims about the reliability of antibody test results, and about proof of immunity to COVID-19, place the public’s health at risk.  The City and County will work together to protect the community from misleading or inaccurate testing practices.   Before you receive an antibody test please review FDA information and guidance which can be found at https://www.fda.gov/news-events/fda-voices/insight-fdas-revised-policy-antibody-tests-prioritizing-access-and-accuracy. The City, County and Local Health Authority will take all available and appropriate actions to protect the community from misleading or inaccurate testing practices.

6.     Long-term Care Facilities. People must not visit nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance as determined through guidance from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified that staff members working in multiple long-term care facilities can contribute to intra- and interfacility spread of COVID-19.  Based on this guidance, any individual that provides in-person services, or is otherwise employed or staffs a long-term care facility (e.g. nursing home, or assisted living facility), and has direct patient contact shall be prohibited from working in, or visiting, more than one (1) long-term care facility for any purpose as a result of the increased risk for transmission of COVID-19 to an at-risk population. The prohibition shall extend to any agency or organization who employs individuals for purposes of staffing or on a temporary basis.  Notwithstanding, this prohibition does not, and is not intended to, impact or restrict the ability of an individual, organization or entity to operate as an exempted service under the Order/Declaration of either the Texas Governor or the County Judge for Bexar County, but shall only restrict the ingress/egress and movement of persons into or out of more than one nursing home facility.  Additionally, long-term care facilities should follow all additional CDC guidance to take proactive steps to protect the health of residents and preserve the health care workforce by identifying and excluding potentially infected staff members, restricting visitation consistent with the Governor’s Executive Order, the Mayor’s Declaration and the County Judge’s Executive Order, ensuring early recognition of potentially infected patients, and implementing appropriate infection control measures.

Governor Greg Abbott directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Department of State Health Services to test all residents and staff of all nursing homes in the state. The City of San Antonio, through the Metro Health Department and Mobile Integrated Healthcare, and in coordination with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission will continue to be involved in the testing of all residents and staff at facilities that had reported any positive cases and begin to test all residents and staff in all area nursing homes.

7.     All public, private, and commercial laboratories operating within the City of San Antonio and performing COVID-19 testing shall report by 5:00 p.m. each day for the prior 24-hour period (1) the number of COVID-19 tests performed; and (2) the number of positive COVID-19 tests to the City’s designated representative for the Emergency Operations Center and the Local Health Authority for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, Dr. Junda Woo, at Junda.Woo@sanantonio.gov if either the specimen is collected in, or the test is performed in the City of San Antonio or Bexar County. This information will be used solely for public health purposes to monitor the testing conducted in the City and mitigate and contain the spread of COVID-19.

8.     Enforcement. Violating any provision of these Measures (except as set out in Section 1(a) above) and the ordinance adopting them, upon conviction, is punishable by a fine up to $1,000.00 per incident, and any other penalties authorized by state law and the City Code.  In addition to enforcement through citation and fine, the City may exercise its authority to further enforce compliance with the Mayor’s Declaration and these Measures for violations by businesses by pulling the Certificate of Occupancy for those violating businesses.

9.     Subject to San Antonio City Council approval, this Declaration shall be effective until 11:59 p.m. on June 4, 2020, or until it is either rescinded, superseded, or amended pursuant to applicable law.

For a full copy of the updated City of San Antonio Emergency Order CLICK HERE.

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>> If you have been diagnosed as having the COVID-19 virus, please tell management so that, in conjunction with authorities, we can alert staff and residents who may have been exposed and to prevent the further spread of the virus.
>> Under state law, Landlords are never allowed to evict residents or ask them to leave Indian Hills for having COVID-19 or being under home quarantine.  Being under isolation or quarantine in a hospital or other facility does not change your tenancy, and your residency at Indian Hills remains your primary residence.
>> Under state law, Indian Hills cannot refuse entry or ask a resident of record to leave their residency due to fears and stigma around COVID-19.
> >If you have had prolonged direct contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, it is possible that you have contracted the virus. Try to distance yourself from others and contact your health provider if you or other members of your household have symptoms.

Indian Hills encourages you to browse the following links:

Center for Disease Control's (CDC) 2019 Novel Coronavirus page (3/10/2020)
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is currently monitoring a rapidly evolving outbreak of coronavirus, (COVID-19), which is causing respiratory illness in populations across the globe, including in the U.S. The CDC and the World Health Organization have now designated the outbreak as a pandemic. Immune compromised and individuals over the age of 60 are at highest risk of illness due to COVID-19

HUD Q&A Guidance on Coronavirus

World Health Organization (WHO) information and guidance on COVID-19

WHO FAQs on Coronaviruses

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

General Coronavirus Information

What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019

2019-nCoV: What the public should do

Stop the Spread of Germs

What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

CDC Cleaning and Disinfectant Recommendations for Community Facilities with Suspected/Confirmed COVID-19 Exposure

EPA List of Disinfectants to Use Against COVID-19

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Fighting Products (American Chemistry Council)