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May 11: San Antonio Testing Expands To Asymptomatic People

People wait in line to be tested for COVID-19 at a pop-up site outside of Las Palmas Library in San Antonio.
Dominic Anthony Walsh | Texas Public Radio
People wait in line to be tested for COVID-19 at a pop-up site outside of Las Palmas Library in San Antonio.

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 ...

Monday, May 11

6:30 p.m. — 1,920 confirmed cases in the San Antonio area

Mayor Ron Nirenberg said there are now 1,920 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the San Antonio area. There are no new cases reported at the Bexar County Jail.

He also confirmed the death of the Southeastern Nursing and Rehabilitation Center employee brings Bexar County's total to 57. A total of 978 people in the San Antonio area have recovered.

San Antonio and Bexar County officials said that people without symptoms can now be tested for COVID-19. Once this is underway, they said, there will likely be an increase in positive cases.

6 p.m. — Watch today's daily briefing

4:35 p.m. — Southeast Nursing employee dies of COVID-19

An employee of the Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center died of COVID-19 according to officials with the City of San Antonio. The patient was an African American woman in her 60s with underlying medical conditions.

An outbreak was first reported at the facility in early April.

Data from Metro Health on Sunday night shows there were previously 18 deaths related to COVID-19 reported at the facility. Bexar County reported a total of 56 deaths.

2:05 p.m. — Catholic church services to open May 19

Read more about parish openings here.

2 p.m. — Archbishop offers blessing, prayer during flyover

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller will fly over San Antonio today to bless the city and pray for protection from the coronavirus pandemic.

García-Siller is also expected to announce a reopening date for parishes and public weekend liturgies before he takes off for the two-hour flight.

The Archbishop will be seen in the 1942 SNJ-4 "Ole Yeller" flying 1,000 feet above ground. Takeoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the plane will be visible from 30 scheduled loca

1:30 p.m. — Testing expands to asymptomatic people

San Antonio Metro Health officials announced that COVID-19 testing will expand to asymptomatic individuals Monday.

Local health care providers, drive-thru locations and the San Antonio Fire Department’s Mobile Integrated Healthcare Program are partnering to bring the community free accessible testing, while prioritizing underserved communities.

Previously, residents were required to show symptoms of the disease, which included a fever, dry cough, chills, amongst other symptoms of COVID-19.

Starting Monday, individuals will have access to testing even if they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.

12 p.m. — Update on surrounding counties

Cases in Comal County remains at 65 as of Monday morning. There are 48 patients who have completely recovered and there have been six deaths have been 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.

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

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