Bexar County coronavirus cases soar above 10,000
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Cases surpass 10,000: San Antonio coronavirus cases continued to rise exponentially Sunday, topping 10,000 as local hospitals scramble to find enough hospital beds and nurses to care for the wave of new patients in the last two weeks.
Nearly 800 cases in a day: Bexar County saw its largest single-day jump in coronavirus cases today with 795 new cases, according to Bexar County data. The data also reports two new deaths in the past 24 hours. See more with our COVID-19 tracker on ExpressNews.com.
Spike continues in San Antonio: Officials reported 405 new COVID-19 cases and one new death Friday as leaders of the city’s major hospital systems implored residents to take precautions to slow the march of the coronavirus.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Bexar County has now reached 8,857, Mayor Ron Nirenberg said at the daily city-county coronavirus briefing.
The latest death brings the county’s total to 105. The victim was a Hispanic woman in her 50s who had been hospitalized at University Health System, Nirenberg said.
Some 699 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday evening, an increase of 71 from the day before.
“That is an alarming jump from where we were just two weeks ago,” Nirenberg said.
Of those hospitalized, 221 were in intensive care, 19 more than on Thursday, and 117 were dependent on ventilators to breathe, an increase of 23.
Those numbers were significantly higher than at the start of June, when there were fewer than 100 COVID-19 patients in area hospitals, 39 in intensive care and 20 on ventilators.
“The hospital system as a whole continues to be under significant stress,” the mayor said.
More than 600 cases in a day: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the San Antonio area shot up by 638 on Thursday, the largest one-day increase since the start of the pandemic in March.
The new cases brought Bexar County’s total to 8,452 — double the number reported less than two weeks ago.
A total of 104 people have died of COVID-19 in Bexar County. No new deaths were reported Thursday.
Elective surgeries banned in major cities: Gov. Greg Abbott is ordering four of the state's largest counties to postpone all surgeries that are not immediately necessary, to preserve hospital beds for the growing surge of COVID-19 patients. Abbott’s order is directed at Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties.
“These four counties have experienced significant increases in people being hospitalized due to COVID-19 and today’s action is a precautionary step to help ensure that the hospitals in these counties continue to have ample supply of available beds to treat COVID-19 patients,” Abbott said in a statement.
More deaths as surge continues: San Antonio officials reported four new COVID-19 deaths and nearly 350 new cases Wednesday as the coronavirus continued its relentless spread.
Traveling Texans now face quarantine: Texans traveling to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut will now have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, marking a turning of the tables from when the Lone Star State did the same in late March at the start of the pandemic. The move is the latest sign of Texas emerging as a hotspot for COVID-19 in the U.S.
Surge continues: On Tuesday, San Antonio reported 311 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths. That brought the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 7,467.
Texas has hit an all-time high in new coronavirus cases: Texas has surpassed 5,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday, urging people to take caution and stay indoors whenever possible. The seven-day average is now nearing 4,000, up from about 1,500 two weeks ago.
Cases pass 7,000: The number of COVID-19 cases continued to rise sharply Monday across Bexar County, with 274 more people confirmed to have the virus — pushing the total past 7,000 since the start of the pandemic.
Wolff on second lockdown: Wolff said he would not support a return to stay-at-亚洲游国际集团home orders because the economy, locally and nationwide, is in a “serious financial condition,” with a federal debt that is “off the charts.”
“I don’t think we’ll go back to that. The economic devastation is huge,” he said.
Under the county’s mask order, which Wolff signed last Wednesday, every business must have a health and safety policy that, at a minimum, requires every employee and all customers age 10 or older to wear a face covering. Mayor Ron Nirenberg has issued a matching citywide order.
Coronavirus tally: Bexar County officials reported 538 new coronavirus cases Sunday — the largest one-day increase since the start of the pandemic — and one new death.
The number of patients in San Antonio-area hospitals and in intensive care units also continued to rise, deepening concern that the hospital system could be overwhelmed.
The newly confirmed cases brought Bexar County’s total to 6,882, the Metropolitan Health District reported.
The county’s death toll from the virus, which began spreading in the community in March, now stands at 97. The latest victim was a Hispanic man in his 50s. Mayor Ron Nirenberg said the man had “no underlying health conditions.”
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