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June 3: Number Of San Antonio COVID-19 Cases Nears 3,000

Kathleen Creedon | Texas Public Radio

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.

Wednesday, June 3

6:30 p.m. — Three new death, total at 78

Mayor Ron Nirenberg reported 2,953 cases, up 71 from yesterday. Of those cases, 23 are from the community, one from the jail and four from congregate settings. The additional 43 cases are pending determination.

There have been three new deaths, bringing the total to 78.

There are 90 positive cases in hospitals: 37 in intensive care and 21 on ventilators.

Under Governor Greg Abbott’s latest executive order, many businesses will be able to open to 50% capacity. By June 12, restaurants will be able to increase to 75%, and on June 19, amusement parks will be able to open up.

The order still stipulates a 10-person limit on social gatherings. Nirenberg said that under this new order, San Antonio’s “Stay Home, Work Safe” order no longer applies but asks that community members still practice preventative measures.

The San Antonio "Stay Home, Work Safe" order is set to expire Thursday, June 4.

6:10 p.m. — Watch today's live briefing

3:45 p.m. — Summer school plans announced

The Northside and North East school districts are offering new courses in July and August designed to help fill in some of the gaps students might have from learning remotely.

North East’s re-engagement program will be offered at their higher poverty schools. Northside’s JumpStart program will be open to all students in pre-k through 8th grade. Both programs will be face-to-face at least part of the time. 

Northside will have no more than 10 people per classroom this summer, and everyone will be required to wear masks.

Tuesday, June 2

6:30 p.m. — Metro Health begins new study to test asymptomatic community members

Mayor Ron Nirenberg reported 2,882 cases, up 43 from yesterday. Of the new cases, 18 are from the community, one is from the jail, and five are from congregate settings. The additional 19 are still pending determination.

There have been no new deaths, and the total stands at 75.

There are 92 people in local hospitals. Of those, 35 are in intensive care and 21 are on ventilators. Nirenberg added that all progress and warning indicators are trending well for the city.

In the Bexar County jail, there are now only 87 positive cases, only two of which have symptoms — three inmates in the infirmary and none in the hospital.

County Judge Nelson Wolff said the jail still has about 300 inmates who should have been transferred to the prison system, bringing the total number of inmates to 3,458.

Metro Health Director Dawn Emerick explained that her department, with the help of UT Health, is trying to gauge how many asymptomatic people are COVID-19 positive in the community with a new study.

Between today and yesterday, roughly 180 people volunteered to be tested, according to Emerick. Metro Health aims for 500 tests by the end of the week for their sample.

There will be two new pop-up sites this week, one at Blossom Athletic Center and one at Sunset Elementary. Both sites are open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

6:10 p.m. — Watch today's daily briefing

9:25 a.m. — Virtual public comments for city council

San Antonio City Council hosts its usual public comment session virtually starting June 3.

The public has four ways in which to participate:

  • Email comments to PublicComment@SanAntonio.gov.
  • Leave a voice message at 210-207-6991.
  • Request a live call-back at that same number, 210-207-6991.
  • Or drop off written comments at the city clerk's office at 114 West Commerce St.

The city council is taking this action to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Public comment will take place immediately following the council's regularly scheduled B session meeting.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines

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