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San Antonio Mayor Heads To Pentagon To Request More COVID-19 Help From Defense Department


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San Antonio

On Wednesday, Mayor Ron Nirenberg visited the Pentagon to discuss San Antonio’s COVID-19 response and cooperation with the Department of Defense. Earlier in the week, Nirenberg said the trip would include a request for Brooke Army Medical Center to assist in the local battle against the virus.

“As you know our medical response is interwoven with our defense response because of BAMC and the work that they do every day for trauma care and other medical needs of the San Antonio community," Nirenberg said on Tuesday.

He said also topping the agenda of the Pentagon meeting is San Antonio’s bid to become the home of the U.S. Space Force and the city’s cyber security industry.

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The City of San Antonio reported 213 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

The new cases bring the total to 63,801 and bring the area’s seven-day average to 170, up from 158 on Tuesday.

Two new deaths were reported, and the death toll is now 1,232.

Over the past several days, local hospitals have seen an increase in admissions and in severity of cases. There are currently 200 COVID-19 patients hospitalized (+11), 35 of whom were admitted on Wednesday. There are 90 patients in intensive care (-1) and 43 on ventilators (+1).

Local hospital capacity remains relatively steady, with 10% of staffed beds and 71% of ventilators available.

City Manager Colleen Bridger — who is acting as the Interim Director for Metro Health — stood in for Nirenberg at Wednesday’s briefing. She reminded that the city and several workforce nonprofits are offering free training and education for resident negatively affected by the pandemic. For more information, call 311.

There is still funding available for housing assistance. Residents interested in assistance should call 311 or go to covid19.sanantonio.gov. City officials report that 30,000 residents have applied so far and 20,000 have been offered assistance.

Over 154,000 San Antonio residents have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. He reminded that assistance is available through the city’s workforce recovery program. For more information, call 210-224-HELP.

To learn more about the economic destruction of COVID-19 and how it's changing our economy, listen to TPR's podcast The Shakeout.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said there will be 18 new voting sites listed for Election Day, bringing the total to 301. The county began to confirm signatures on mail-in ballots on Wednesday, and Wolff said 11,000 had been approved that day. In total, the county has received over 68,000 mail-in ballots.

As of Tuesday, 288,460 people had cast their ballots in person. There are over 1,189,000 people registered to vote in Bexar County. For more information about the election and what’s on the ballot, check out our voters' guide.

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On Wednesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 838,000 cases since March, with Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, y Bexar counties among those consistently reporting the most cases.

There are more than 4,700 patients with COVID-19 in Texas hospitals, a number that has climbed in recent days. More than 17,200 people have died in the state.

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