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San Antonio has reached a ‘manageable’ point of the COVID pandemic, local leaders say

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Aquí para español.

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.

San Antonio is now at a “manageable” point of the pandemic, local leaders reported at the city’s Tuesday briefing.

The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in San Antonio is at its lowest in 3 months. There are just under 300 people hospitalized locally, including 11 children and 25 overnight admissions.

About 75% of those hospitalized are unvaccinated.

The area’s positivity rate has dropped to 2.1%, and local leaders reported overall improvement in terms of case rate and hospitalizations.

There were 261 new cases reported on Tuesday, bringing the area’s total since March 2020 to 318,387.

The city also reported 2 new deaths. The death toll is now 4,735 people.

Since San Antonio’s positivity rate and hospital trends have shown continued improvement, the city will no longer have Thursday night briefings. The briefings will now be on Tuesdays only.

The city’s vaccine incentive program is ongoing, and those who receive either their 2nd Moderna or Pfizer shot or their 1st Johnson & Johnson dose are eligible for a $100 H-E-B gift card if they get their dose at a Metro Health clinic.

With Halloween in sight, local leaders have given guidance for how to stay safe this holiday.

“Halloween’s not canceled, but it will look different this year,” said San Antonio Metropolitan Health Director Claude Jacob.

Here are Metro Health’s tips for those who will be trick-or-treating:

  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Wear appropriate face coverings. Costume masks are not enough
  • Limit the size of your group to household members 
  • Bring hand sanitizer and use it frequently
  • Avoid going inside homes
  • Take only pre-packaged treats
  • Wash your hands when you return home

Here are tips for those who plan to pass out treats:

  • Do not pass out candy if you are sick.
  • Do not require trick-or-treaters to come all the way up to your door
  • Wash your hands when preparing goodie bags.

For more information, visit covid19.sanantonio.gov/halloween.

Army North to deploy medical teams to Washington state

U.S. Army North said Tuesday it was deploying medical teams to two cities in Washington state to help civilian healthcare workers respond to COVID-19 patients.

The San Antonio-based command is sending about 40 military medical specialists in response to a request from FEMA. The teams include nurses, respiratory therapists and medical doctors from the Navy.

One of the teams will support Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. The other will support Confluence Health in Wenatchee.

These teams join nine others currently working in hospitals around the country.

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

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