What’s Up in San Antonio - Weekend of September 3, 2020

ALL CITY & COUNTY PARKS, INCLUDING THE SAN ANTONIO RIVER WILL BE CLOSED FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND DUE TO COVID-19

San Antonio — Beware of fake calls from COVID-19 scammers, Metro Health warns

Metro Health staff will never ask for a social security number

The Metropolitan Health District is warning people in an Antonio to be aware of scammers who are posing as contact tracers for the city and trying to obtain personal information. Scammers have reportedly been asking for personal information like a social security number or credit card number, according to city officials. While real contact tracers are making phone calls, and the city urges you to answer any calls that come from a number starting with 210-207, Metro Health said staff will never ask for a social security number, any kind of personal banking information or any form of payment. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are contacted by a Metro Health contact tracer, he/she will ask you to provide information like your name, date of birth, address and where you were in an effort to help notify people who might need to quarantine to help prevent further spread of the virus. “If you were a contact to a known case, staff will contact you to inform you of this potential exposure, explain the importance of staying home during the days you could develop the infection and how to contact us to be tested,” Metro Health officials said. If you want to sign up for alerts for COVID-19 from the city, you can: Download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores. Text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates

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SOUTH TEXAS BLOOD & TISSUE CENTER NEEDS PLASMA & BLOOD

BLOOD & PLASMA LEVELS ARE DOWN TO A 2 DAY SUPPLY, STBC NEEDS YOUR DONATIONS.

Blood Donor Reaction Hotline: (24/7)

(877) 665-3667 or (210) 379-0428

ON LINE APPOINTMENTS: https://southtexasblood.org

San Antonio International Airport is first in world with LightStrike robot to disinfect from COVID-19

Xenex LightStrike robot destroys SARS-CoV-2 in two minutes, airport officials say, The LightStrike sends bursts of UV light to kill viruses and bacteria on common surfaces and hard-to-reach spaces, a news release stated. It’s often used in the healthcare industries as a way to disinfect high-touch surfaces from pathogens that may cause infections.

H-E-B removes purchase limits on more items

Limits on hand soap and hand sanitizer have been removed

While H-E-B stores are still limiting some items like wipes and gloves, hand soap and hand sanitizer have dropped off the purchase-limit list along with trial and travel size disinfecting and antibacterial sprays/wipes. H-E-B stores will need to abide by the following purchase limit for food items:

\Brisket – Limit 2 Other items that are not food-related but are limited for all H-E-B customers are listed below: \Disinfecting & antibacterial sprays – 2 items

Disinfecting & antibacterial wipes – 2 items, Hydrogen peroxide – 2 items

Rubbing (Isopropyl) Alcohol/swabs – 2 items

First Aid and Cleaning Gloves – 2 items

The Rock, his family tested positive for the coronavirus Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shared some unfortunate news on his home front: He and his family tested positive for the coronavirus. Johnson announced their diagnosis in an 11-plus minute video on Instagram on Wednesday. He said he was shocked after hearing their positive tests, calling the ordeal “one of the most challenging and difficult things we’ve ever had to endure.”

Largest Lotto Texas jackpot in more than 10 years climbs to $37.5 million

Next drawing for Lotto Texas is Saturday

Satisfy chocolate cravings with Blue Bell’s latest creation, ‘Fudge Brownie Decadence’

Chocolate French ice cream with fudge brownie chunks, whipped topping and chocolate flakes

If you’re looking for something to help beat the Texas heat, look no further.

Blue Bell has announced that it will begin offering a new flavor of ice cream, “Fudge Brownie Decadence” to be in stores for a limited time.The new flavor is a chocolate French ice cream with fudge brownie chunks and a whipped topping loaded with chocolate flakes. “The ice cream company also announced that it is bringing back fan-favorite flavor “Ice Cream Cone” to be in stores later this month. “Ice Cream Cone” is vanilla ice cream loaded with dark chocolate-coated cone pieces, chopped roasted peanuts, all surrounded by a rich chocolate sundae sauce swirl. It is available in the half-gallon size, but only for a limited time.

2020 Floresville Peanut Festival postponed, two festivals planned for next year

Rescheduled date is for March 25 – 27 2021

Another event has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 76th Annual Peanut Festival has been moved from October to March 25 - 27. Which means, there will be two festivals planned for next year.

How to register to vote in Texas for the Nov. 3 presidential election

Are you registered to vote?

The 2020 General Election is coming up on Nov. 3 and if you want to cast your ballot, you’ll need to be sure you’re registered to vote. Any U.S. citizen who is 18 years old by Election Day and registered to vote in Texas by the Oct. 5 voter registration deadline can vote in the presidential election, with few exceptions prohibited by law. (210) 335-VOTE(8683)

Airline crews report jetpack flier near Los Angeles airport

The Federal Aviation Administration and the FBI said Tuesday they are investigating reports from airline pilots that someone was flying in a jetpack as they approached Los Angeles International Airport to land last weekend. “Two airline flight crews reported seeing what appeared to be someone in a jetpack as they were on their final approaches to LAX

‘Tiger King’ star Carole Baskin to cut a rug on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

New season premieres on ABC on Sept. 14.

Like all cool cats and kittens, Carole Baskin is going to “Dancing With the Stars.” The reality TV star who became a pop culture sensation with Netflix’s docuseries “Tiger King” is joining the new crop of celebrity dancers that includes TV and film actress Anne Heche, former NBA star Charles Oakley and Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean. The new season premieres on ABC on Sept. 14. On the Netflix series “Tiger King”, Baskin, who owns a big cat refuge, sought to shut down Joseph Maldonado-Passage’s for-profit breeding of big cats. His nickname is “Joe Exotic” and her signature line is “cool cats and kittens.” Maldonado-Passage is serving a 22-year federal prison term for killing five tigers and plotting to have Baskin killed. In June, a federal judge awarded Baskin ownership of the private Oklahoma zoo run by Maldonado-Passage.

Others slated to appear on the dancing show are cheer team coach Monica Aldama, “Bachelorette” star Kaitlyn Bristowe, NFL star Vernon Davis, actress Skai Jackson, actress Justina Machado, TV host Jeannie Mai, Jesse Metcalfe, rapper Nelly, TV host Nev Schulman, real estate agent Chrishell Stause and Olympian Johnny Weir. Supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks will host the new season

New roadside assistance program proves to be ‘HERO’ to local drivers

HERO officially kicked off in the San Antonio area Monday, although it began trial runs last week, according to Laura Lopez, a public information officer for TxDOT. HERO operators monitor some 239 miles of local highways with help from TransGuide cameras. TxDOT said the program, which has been available in Austin for the past two years, is in Phase One of its debut in the San Antonio area. Right now, service is available Monday through Friday between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. However, when it moves into Phase Two in November, the service will be available around the clock, seven days per week.

‘Not a single portion left’: Students in Sweden school ‘loved’ NEISD’s famous enchilada recipe

District released recipe in fall after years of requests

A San Antonio school district’s popular enchilada recipe has made its way to Sweden — and it was a hit there too. The school lunch staple was served up at a school in Stockholm, the North East Independent School District said in a recent Facebook post. A screenshot of a post on the “TIPS for School Meals That Rock” Facebook group shows trays of enchiladas smothered in chili and cheese, saying they were inspired by NEISD’s recipe. “The kids in our school loved it,” the post said. “Not a single portion left.” NEISD’s famous ENCHILADA recipe made it all the way to a school in Stockholm, Sweden! We love this a whole enchiLOTa! #theNEISDway

Posted by North East Independent School District - NEISD on Saturday, August 29, 2020

Restaurang Mättpunkten/Annersta in Stockholm said they have served the dish twice. NEISD released the coveted recipe in the fall after “years” of requests.

City of San Antonio Labor Day Schedule

All City and County offices closed

There will be garbage and brush pickup

Via will be on a Saturday schedule

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