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. TPR is also providing live updates on the Rio Grande Valley.
Here's what we know ...
Sunday, May 10
6:30 p.m. — No new cases reported from jail
Mayor Ron Nirenberg reported 1,901 cases, up 14 from yesterday. Of the new cases, eight were from the community, three are from congregate settings and three are under investigation.
There were no cases reported from the Bexar County jail today. County Judge Nelson Wolff reported that no inmates are currently being treated in local hospitals and that roughly 40 are being treated in the jail infirmary.
There are no new deaths today; the total stands at 56. Six more people have recovered, bringing the total to 976. There are still 869 people in Bexar County with the virus.
Nirenberg also reported hospital numbers:
- 62 positive cases in hospitals
- 14 cases under investigation
- 37 people in intensive care
- 22 people on ventilators
6 p.m. — Watch today's daily briefing
5:30 p.m. — Update on surrounding counties
Cases in Comal County remains at 65 as of Friday. There are 48 patients who have completely recovered and there have been six deaths reported. There are 11 active cases in the county.
Atascosa County has 22 confirmed cases, with 13 recoveries and only one death related to the virus.
The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed 90 cases in Guadalupe County, 34 in Wilson County and 21 in Medina County.
There 18 COVID-19 cases in Kendall County. Both Uvalde and Bandera Counties report six cases each.
10 a.m. — State agriculture industry to lose billions
A new report estimates the pandemic could cost Texas agriculture $6 to 8 billion.
Texas A&M University's Agricultural and Food Policy Center estimates some agricultural producers in the state could see losses of up to 40%.
Shutting down schools and restaurants to dine-in customers led to a dramatic shift in food purchasing. It also affected agricultural supply chains for products like livestock, produce and dairy products.
Saturday, May 9
6:31 p.m. — City reports that 46% of people who tested postitive are still ill
Tonight, the City of San Antonio reported 52 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 1,887 cases. Of those, 22 are from the community, seven are from the Bexar County jail, 18 are from congregate settings and five are under investigation.
The five under investigation will be categorized by tomorrow, according to Mayor Ron Nirenberg.
In the jail, there have been 303 inmates and 55 staff members who have tested positive.
There have been no new deaths. 970 people have recovered, and 852 people are still ill.
In local hospitals, there are 62 positive cases and 16 under investigation. 35 people are in intensive care, and 21 of those are on ventilators.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Justin Rodriguez outlined the city’s plans to distribute federal aid the county and city received through the CARES Act. Rodriguez said the city is aiming to deploy the funds — which will primarily go to workforce training — as soon as possible.
Rodriguez said that only about 3% of San Antonians who have recovered have donated plasma, and he encouraged more people to do so.
6:13 p.m. — Watch today's daily briefing
6:00 p.m. — People under 40 make up almost half of COVID-19 cases
Bexar County health officials reported that of all COVID-19 cases, 45% are seen among people under the age of 40.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg says many of these young people had no underlying heath conditions.
"If that's not a deterrent enough for people not to ignore the guidelines of public health officials, I don't know what is," he said at a press conference on Friday.
Nirenberg added that he was encouraged that businesses were reopening. But he warned that residents must still take certain protective measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from the virus.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines
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