Bexar County Surpasses Its 10,000th COVID-19 Case, Local Hospitals Still Under 'High Stress' | Texas Public Radio

Bexar County Surpasses Its 10,000th COVID-19 Case, Local Hospitals Still Under 'High Stress'

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San Antonio

On Sunday, the City of San Antonio reported 495 new cases — 1,695 new cases since Friday. The total number of cases has now passed 10,000 and stands at 10,147.

Of the total cases, 21% are the result of community transmission, 33% are from close contact and 41% are under investigation. Roughly 4% of tests are travel-related and 1% of tests do not have valid contact information to complete the city's investigation.

There are 802 COVID-positive patients in local hospitals: 260 in intensive care and 111 on ventilators.

Though the city’s hospitals have been at a “high stress” level recently, according to the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council, bed and ventilator capacity has risen slightly. Of the areas 4,713 staffed beds, 27% are available, and of the 603 ventilators, 72% are available.

There have been two new deaths, bringing the total to 109.

Bexar County has the results of 132,931 COVID-19 tests, of which 9.4% are positive.

In Texas, there have been an estimated 79,974 recoveries, roughly 54% of all positive cases. The state’s positivity rate is 14.31% as of Saturday.

There have been 2,393 deaths related to COVID-19 in Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Friday requiring Texas bars to close.

On Saturday, Abbott issued a statutory waiver that allows restaurants and certain bars with a Mixed Beverage Permit to sell mixed drinks to go and for delivery. Under the waiver, these businesses may sell drinks containing distilled spirits mixed and sealed by the business itself. To qualify for alcohol delivery and pickup, a business must hold a Mixed Beverage Permit and have permanent food service capabilities on the premise. Alcohol orders must also be accompanied by a food order.

Abbott's order also required tubing companies to be shut down. Starting on Monday, restaurants must only operate at 50% capacity.

In addition to the statewide orders, groups of more than 10 people will not be allowed to gather at San Antonio parks and plazas. That order took effect Saturday. Pools and splashpads will not reopen next Friday as originally planned.

Saturday's record-breaking update — 795 new cases — came at the end of a week that saw the resignation of Dr. Dawn Emerick as director of Metro Health on Friday morning. In her resignation letter, she urged the city to hire a person of color to lead the department.

Nirenberg said Dr. Colleen Bridger — the former Metro Health director who is now an assistant city manager for San Antonio — will stay to assist the department until a new permanent replacement is found.

Deputy Director of Metro Health, Jennifer Herriott says the city's testing facilities have the capacity to test 6,000 people a day.  Out of every 100 people being tested, 19 are testing positive. People who have been tested and are waiting for results should be quarantining, she said.

Nirenberg said Abbott will closely monitor data coming from San Antonio.

"It’s June and we’re in the highest peak," the mayor said. "I shudder to think where we’ll be in the fall."

Data also shows shifting demographics of COVID-19 patients. Around mid-April, the racial makeup of patients almost mirrored the makeup of San Antonio’s population.

Now, about 15.6% of all COVID-19 patients who have died are Black — even though they only make up 7.3% of all cases and 8.5% of the city’s population.

Texas

As of Saturday, there have been 148,723 total confirmed cases across Texas — with Harris, Dallas and Tarrant counties reporting the highest numbers of cases. Bexar came in fourth place.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there are currently more than 5,490 patients with COVID-19 in Texas hospitals. 

Texas began allowing its first businesses to reopen May 1.

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