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COVID-19 Live Blog: San Antonio Public Advised To Wear Masks, Cover Faces

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Texas Public Radio is updating the latest information on COVID-19 in the San Antonio area, along with how local businesses are adjusting, how you can help those in need and what you can do to stay entertained at home

Other NPR stations that are part of The Texas Newsroom are also live-blogging, including Houston Public Media,  KERA in Dallas and KUT in Austin

The statewide coronavirus hotline is 2-1-1, and San Antonio's Metro Health hotline is 210-207-5779.

Here's what we know...

Monday, April 6

6:45 p.m. — 456 confirmed cases / 12 deaths / 77 people recovered

The San Antonio Metro Health Department reported 46 new confirmed coronavirus cases in Bexar County on Monday. The death toll remained the same at 12. The number of confirmed cases in the county stands at 456. Of those cases, 77 have now completely recovered. Community spread and close contact cases are by far the lead causes of local cases. Check out the latest numbers — tests administered, cases broken down by zip code, recoveries, deaths —and much more data, plus advice on how to keep yourself safe, at the Metro Health website.

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6:20 p.m. — Metro Health advises public to cover mouths in public

6:15 p.m. — Watch the daily briefing here

5:10 p.m. — Texas National Guard deploys to help response

Over 500 Texas National Guard soldiers and airmen have deployed to support the COVID-19 response in Texas.

Starting April 5, service members from the Texas National Guard will be assigned to the North Texas Food Bank in Plano to assist with meeting overwhelming demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Credit Courtesy North Texas Food Bank

Adjutant General Tracy Norris of the Texas Military Department said Gov. Abbott gave them three missions.

"One of those is to assist communities with the drive through testing," she explained. "Also assist with making bed capacity where needed. And then the last one is also be sure that commodities that need to be sent across the state, such as PPE, are also delivered."

Norris said the Guard also identified locations where they’ll build temporary COVID-19 field hospitals. Sites in Austin, Dallas Fort-Worth, Houston, El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley have been selected.

Norris added that the new mission would not interfere with Guard operations along the southwest border.

"So those soldiers and airmen will continue to do the job that they're assigned as long as needed," she said. "Also, they've been given some additional protective equipment so they can stay safe and healthy and continue the job in the southwest border."

As of early March, about 1,700 National Guard troops were stationed along the Texas-Mexico border. It was unclear how many of those were from Texas versus other states.