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April 17: San Antonio Clears Test Holdup, Second Day With No New Deaths

A man takes pictures as he wears a protective face mask at Times Square following the outbreak of COVID-19, in the Manhattan borough of New York City.
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A man takes pictures as he wears a protective face mask at Times Square following the outbreak of COVID-19, in the Manhattan borough of New York City.

This Post is Archived: Find the newest information on COVID-19 in San Antonio at the links below.
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 ...

Friday, April 17

6:20 p.m. — 959 total confirmed cases, 1,800 tests cleared

Mayor Ron Nirenberg and County Judge Nelson Wolff were joined in Friday's briefing by Anita Kurian, San Antonio Metropolitan Health assistant director.

Nirenberg announced that the city has finally cleared the "log jam" or about 1,800 tests from the federally contracted lab.

"So, there has been a slight jump," Nirenberg said. "But the numbers are showing some sort of trending, which is good."

Twenty more people have recovered since yesterday's briefing, bring the total to 196 recoveries. There were no new deaths today.

There are 80 patients total in San Antonio hospitals with COVID-19, with 48 additional people pending test results and 47 in intensive care. Twenty-five patients are on venitlators, which Nirenberg said is the lowest number reported recently.

6:15 p.m. — Watch today's daily briefing

Thursday, April 16

6:15 p.m. — 918 confirmed cases, updated emergency declarations

There are now 918 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the San Antonio area. There were no new deaths related to the virus to report, leaving the total at 37.

Since the pandemic began, 176 people in the area have recovered.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Judge Nelson Wolff announced they are updating the city and county's emergency health declarations. One of the updates requires masks to be worn in public places for people older than 10.

Another update asks businesses to instate 25% space requirements. Wolff said that means stores should increase previous spacing requirements by 25%.

These updates go into effect Mon., April 20.

To read yesterday's entire COVID-19 brief, click here.

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