38% Of All COVID-19 Patients In Bexar County Are 50 Or Younger
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Mayor Ron Nirenberg reported 155 new cases of COVID-19 in the San Antonio area on Wednesday. The new cases bring the area’s total to 57,832, and the seven-day moving average stands at 178 daily cases.
Nirenberg clarified that despite backlogs, the daily average is accurate.
“When we get those in, they’re plotted along the epi curve so they are noted when those cases actually originated, not when they were actually reported,” he said.
One death was reported on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 1,136.
There are currently 212 COVID-19 patients in local hospitals (-18), with 22 new patients admitted on Wednesday. Of the COVID-19 patients, 81 are in intensive care (no change) and 30 are on ventilators (+1). There are 13% staffed beds and 74% of ventilators available. Nirenberg said hospital trends are moving in the right direction, but that there is still more work to do.
According to Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, 38% of all COVID-19 hospitalizations are 50 years old or younger.
The county will be providing personal protective equipment to small businesses on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. So far, 1,000 businesses have registered, but Wolff said there’s capacity for 1,500 more to register before next week.
Dr. Sandra Guerra of Metro Health said the agency works with school nurses to confirm cases reported by schools to the Texas Education Agency.
“The role of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is to confirm with that nurse to find a lab result, find out who the contacts were to ensure that they have all the resources available to them for an adequate control," she said.
The back school indicator remains in the yellow, "moderate" range so in-class instruction of six students or fewer is recommended by local health officials.
On Tuesday, Wolff said that the Commissioners Court continues to try to help businesses in the community that are affected negatively by COVID-19. Most recently, the court approved more than $4.5 million to nonprofits working to handle COVID-19 case coverage and $3.5 million to school districts to help provide necessary technology.
The $3.5 million will be split among 15 districts and will be matched by Gov. Greg Abbott from a statewide fund, ultimately totaling $7 million cross the 15 districts.
Earlier this week, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said the area has avoided the potentially negative impact of Labor Day celebrations. It has been three weeks since the holiday. The city was waiting beyond the two-week incubation period to confirm a positive outcome in case test results were delayed.
Wolff said now, the area should focus on getting past the “school hump and flu season.”
On Wednesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported over 748,000 since March.
There are more than 3,300 patients with COVID-19 in Texas hospitals, and more than 15,700 people have died in the state.
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