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May 3: After Big Jumps In COVID-19 Cases, San Antonio Area Sits At 1,613

Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio
As Texas reopens, more stores are opening too. The city encourages business to apply occupancy limits to minimize risk.

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 ...

Sunday, May 3

6:35 p.m. — A third of Bexar County jail inmates are in isolation

Mayor Ron Nirenberg reported 1,613 total cases, up 28 from yesterday. Of those 28, 13 are inmates in the Bexar County jail.

There has also been an increase in recoveries — with the total at 756 — but 809 people are currently fighting COVID-19.

In hospitals, 59 have tested positive, 22 are under investigation, 34 are in intensive care and 20 are on ventilators. Nirenberg said the capacity of hospitals is still good, with 39% of beds and 79% of ventilators available.

The mayor reported no new deaths today; the total stands at 48.

County Judge Nelson Wolff said that there continue to be cases at the jail, though today’s confirmed case number is the lowest in the past three days, at 13.

There are 207 cases at the jail; 29 are in the infirmary and five are in the hospital. Thirty-eight guards have tested positive and 10 civilians. In total, there have been 30 recoveries.

Of the 3,056 inmates, 1,213 are in isolation, according to Wolff.

6:13 p.m. — Watch today's daily briefing

3:30 p.m. — BiblioTech branches will reopen Monday

All BiblioTech branches will reopen Monday, May 4 on a limited basis to provide “much needed digital and essential services to the public,” according to a press release from Bexar County officials.

The statement said all branches will reopen in compliance with the executive orders from Gov. Greg Abbott and Bexar County.

Branches will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and occupancy must remain at 25%. All visitors and staff will be required to use a face covering and have their temperature taken.

BiblioTech offers free limited printing, copying, scanning faxing and computer use. Devices like wifi hotspots and tablets are also available to check out. No classes wil be held, but BiblioTech staff members are available to help answer technology related questions.

9:30 a.m. — Update on surrounding counties

Comal Countyconfirmed three more COVID-19 cases last week, bringing the total to 58. There have been six reported deaths related to the virus and 39 recoveries.

Wilson County has 32 confirmed cases, 13 of which have fully recovered.

Guadalupe County’s case count climbed to 81, after officials confirmed one additional case last week.  Thirty-eight people have recovered.

Atascosa County has 19 cases and Kendall County reports 16 confirmed cases.

The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed 20 cases are confirmed in Medina County. Six cases are confirmed in Uvalde and Bandera Counties, respectively.

Saturday, May 4

6:34 p.m. — County Judge says he expects daily numbers to continue to rise due to jail testing

Mayor Ron Nirenberg reported 1,585 total cases, up 108 from yesterday. Of those 108, 65 are from the Bexar County jail.

In total, there have been 235 confirmed cases in the jail. According to County Judge Nelson Wolff, those rates will most likely continue to go up over the next several days since the jail is testing every inmate, including those who are asymptomatic.

There are 58 people who have tested positive in local hospitals. Of those, 37 are in intensive care and 20 are on ventilators. There are 23 people under investigation.

There have been no new deaths; the total remains at 48.

Nirenberg added that availability of ventilators and hospitals beds continues to be good, with 79% and 36% available, respectively.

6:13 p.m. — Watch today's daily briefing

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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines

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