San Antonio Officials Report COVID-19 Deaths In Double Digits For 6th Straight Day
COVID-19 hospitalizations in San Antonio have jumped after 4 consecutive nights of decline. Despite the increase, the current total is roughly 60 patients lower than last Sunday, which saw a record high for the area. There are now 1,381 patients hospitalized locally, including 138 who were admitted overnight on Saturday.
The number of patients in intensive care has also decreased since last week; still 30% of COVID-19 patients are in ICU. The number of patients has increased slightly from last week to 251.
Overall, the hospital system has seen an increase in bed availability. About 14% of staffed beds and 52% of ventilators are available locally.
According to a recent survey, the pandemic is taking a toll on morale at local hospitals.
“About 50% of all healthcare workers have thought in the last recent period about quitting their jobs, about leaving the field altogether because of the stress that they have been under for the last year,” said Dr. Jason Miller, chief of staff at Southwest General Hospital and a psychiatrist. “And 75% of them have said that they’re experiencing significant burnout.”
Mayor Ron Nirenberg reported a surprisingly low number of new coronavirus cases on Sunday. The 289 new cases are far below the area’s 7-day average, which was 1,805 on Saturday. Nirenberg said the low report was likely due to a lag in reporting from the state rather than a sustained downturn in cases.
Nirenberg also reported 16 new deaths, the 6th consecutive daily report that has been in the double digits. There have been 1,967 total deaths in the community.
There have been 160,026 total cases in the area since March, an increase of 11,471 since last week. Nearly 160 new deaths were reported in the past 7 days.
Christopher Sandles, CEO and director of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, said his branch is the 2nd in the nation for the number of veterans vaccinated against COVID-19. Sandals said just under 10,000 veterans have been vaccinated in San Antonio.
Visit SouthTexas.VA.gov for updated information about the vaccines and future clinic dates.
Enrolled Veterans may obtain their vaccination at either of the following locations:
Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans HospitalVaccination Clinic, 1st floor7400 Merton Minter Blvd, San Antonio, TX 782299 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Frank M. Tejeda Outpatient ClinicVaccination Clinic, 1st floor5788 Eckherdt Rd., San Antonio, TX 782299 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Veterans can show up or call ahead at (210) 949-9702 to schedule an appointment. The system occasionally becomes overwhelmed, so as an alternative, call 210-617-5274 and ask to be transferred internally to a vaccine scheduler.
On Sunday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 1.9 million cases statewide since March 2020. Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, El Paso and Bexar counties were among those consistently reporting the most cases.
Statewide hospitalizations decreased by more than 800 patients in the last week. Still, COVID-19 patients occupy 19.2% of total hospital beds. There are at least 12,899 people hospitalized in Texas with the virus.
The average number of new deaths in Texas has increased since last Sunday. There are now more than 300 new deaths every day on average. Just over 34,300 Texans have died since the epidemic hit the U.S. in March.
Nearly 2 million Texans have been infected with the virus, an increase of 106,540 since last week.
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