COVID Updates: City is forced to bail out Grand Hyatt, the convention center hotel

COVID Updates: City is forced to bail out Grand Hyatt, the convention center hotel

This article will be updated throughout the week with coronavirus case counts and other need-to-know information about the pandemic in San Antonio. 

December 3

City pays Grand Hyatt debt: The city of San Antonio estimates it will pay $13.4 million in debt payments to keep The Grand Hyatt, San Antonio’s Convention Center hotel afloat. Officials have little choice because the city issued $208 million in bonds, through a specially created municipal corporation, to build the 1,003-room hotel, a deal approved by City Council in early 2005.

December 2

A second COVID surge underway in S.A.: COVID-19 infections are soaring in San Antonio at levels not seen since the last major surge here, as officials reported 1,499 new cases on Wednesday. There were also nine new deaths on Wednesday.

The last time the city shouldered so much transmission of the deadly coronavirus was in July, when officials began logging more than 1,000 infections a day alongside rising hospitalizations, deaths and positive COVID-19 tests. Before Wednesday, the highest number of new cases was 1,323 on July 30.
That surge lasted about a month, tapering off in August.


White House warns of a "full resurgence" in Texas: The White House is urging several states, including Texas to conduct "aggressive impact testing" of everyone under 40 to see who may have been infected over the holiday weekend. A report from the Coronavirus Task Force said Texas is in the swing of a “full resurgence” of COVID-19 and the state’s mitigation efforts “must intensify.”

The task force said hospital admissions in the state are "beginning to peak" and that Texas should significantly reduce the maximum occupancy for public and private indoor spaces, conduct weekly testing for a number of populations.

S.A. medical staff could be vaccinated soon: Pfizer plans to request emergency approval for its COVID-19 vaccine Dec. 10 and if the Food and Drug Administration grants it, San Antonio doctors and nurses could begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines in the following days, as early as next week.

December 1

S.A. still seeing new COVID case counts in the hundreds: The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District reported 452 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, less than half of the startling number reported after the long holiday weekend. The city’s rolling seven-day average for new cases dropped from 830 Monday to 736 Tuesday.

The health ity also reported five additional deaths Tuesday: two Hispanic women, one in her 30s and another in her 50s; two Hispanic men, one in his 60s and one in his 90s; and an Anglo man in his 60s.

S.A. schools ranked: Just four San Antonio schools should be considered "pandemic proof" according to non-profit think tank Children at Risk, which analyzes Texas public school data.

November 30

For the third time in a week, San Antonio has reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus infections on a single day, as health officials issued new recommendations Monday urging residents to avoid spending time indoors with anyone outside their household.

November 28

COVID-19 update: Coronavirus cases in Bexar County continue a steady climb; San Antonio Metropolitan Health District reported 629 new cases Saturday, pushing the total to 78,411.  The city also reported one death, bringing the area’s death toll to 1,344 Saturday. Local hospitals were treating 548 coronavirus patients Saturday, 66 of those being new admissions.