7-day moving average of coronavirus cases hits 1,000s for 1st time since February
This blog is updated periodically. It includes COVID-19 data from San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District, as well as statewide reporting from The Texas Newsroom. For the latest local data, click here. For the latest state data, click here.
Local COVID-19 data, last updated Thursday, July 14
There were 1,096 new coronavirus cases reported Thursday by San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District. The 7-day average of reported cases is now at 1,025. The last time the average was that high was in mid-February 2022.
San Antonio is now in the "high" risk level. Vaccination sites can be found here.
There are 328 patients hospitalized with the illness locally, including 59 in intensive care units and 15 on ventilators.
Metro Health reported no new deaths on Thursday. The death toll since the beginning of the pandemic stands at 5,343 people.
New variant dominant strain
The emergence of BA.5 as the dominant COVID variant in the US is leading to what the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District calls a “gradual increase in new cases and hospitalizations.”
Assistant Director Anita Kurian says the city health department reminds everyone to follow COVID-19 prevention strategies, including wearing masks indoors, getting tested if you have been exposed or have symptoms, and stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccine and boosters.
Free at home COVID-19 tests are available again from the federal government
To order, go to COVID.gov/tests. You can also call 1-800-232-0233. These are antigen tests that give results within 30 minutes. Metro Health reports the San Antonio area is currently at a “high risk” level for coronavirus transmission.