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1 In 4 Patients In San Antonio Is Hospitalized With COVID-19

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This blog is updated every weekday. It includes the latest COVID-19 data from San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District, which is updated weekly on Wednesdays, as well as statewide reporting from The Texas Newsroom.

Latest Bexar County Updates

The City of San Antonio reported 734 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, which Mayor Ron Nirenberg said was lower than the more recent daily reports. The area has seen about 800 new cases reported every day in the last week. There have been 302,154 total cases since March 2020.

Nirenberg also reported 13 new deaths in the area related to COVID-19. The death toll is now 4,162.

There are 960 patients hospitalized with the virus, including 114 people who were admitted overnight. There are 22 pediatric patients. About 24.2% of the area’s total hospitalizations are COVID-19 patients.

There were 330 patients in intensive care and 212 on ventilators on Thursday. Local officials said that overall, the numbers are showing improvement.

Nearly 88% of eligible residents have received at least 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 71.7% are fully vaccinated.

Bexar County officials also reported that about 100 people are receiving Regeneron antibody treatments every day at the Freeman Coliseum. The treatments are recommended to people who are moderately ill. Treatment starts once a provider makes a referral.

Nasal Spray COVID Vaccine Under Development

Texas researchers are developing a COVID-19 vaccine that isn’t a shot. Houston Public Media reports a nasal spray is in the works.

A recent study showed that this vaccine under development at the University of Houston and MD Anderson is safe and effective in mice. It's inhaled through the nose and uses nanoparticles to deliver the vaccine and stimulate an immune response in the body.

Researchers said this can be a useful tool in under-vaccinated countries that have experienced major outbreaks. It travels easily, doesn't need to be kept in freezing temperatures, like Pfizer and Moderna, and is stable for almost a year.

Click here for more information about getting the COVID-19 vaccine in San Antonio (aquí para español).

TPR's coverage of COVID-19 in San Antonio, surrounding counties, and the Rio Grande Valley, including Spanish language news, is made possible in part by Texas Mutual Insurance Company.

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