San Antonio Moves Into Weekend Under Shadow Of Curfew On Gatherings
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San Antonio continued the Thanksgiving holiday under the curfew on large gatherings, which city officials unveiled on Wednesday. The curfew lasted from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day, and it was scheduled to end Monday morning.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg pointed to the recent rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, as well as the inevitable gathering for the holiday as reasons to enforce the curfew.
During those seven hours, residents may not gather outside of their households, with the exception of seeking services from a business. Nirenberg said this restriction includes congregating in a backyard of a home.
Restaurants were required to close indoor services at 10 p.m. However, they could continue to provide curbside, takeout or delivery services past 10 p.m.
On Friday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 2,473 new cases and 51 new deaths. It has reported more than 1,140,000 cases and more than 21,000 deaths since March.
The city did not hold televised briefings on Thursday and Friday, and it did not report latest numbers of cases or deaths on those days. The data reports were scheduled to resume on Saturday at 7 p.m. The briefings were scheduled to resume on Monday at 6:13 p.m.
The last briefing and data report were both on Wednesday, when San Antonio Metro Health reported 1,032 new cases, bringing the area’s total to 76,750 and maintaining a general uptick in daily caseload. Sunday saw 567 new cases, Monday saw 709 and Tuesday saw 1,127.
Wednesday's report also included six new deaths, raising the death toll to 1,343 people.
Officials also reported on Wednesday 542 total COVID-19 patients in San Antonio’s hospital system (+30). There are 175 people in intensive care (+2) and 88 on ventilators (+2).
On Friday, Johns Hopkins University reported the United States has seen almost 13 million cases and more than 263,000 deaths. The most recent data was from Nov. 26, which reported 110,611 new cases and 1,232 more deaths.
Community Labs has extended its asymptomatic testing times.
Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, services at the AT&T Center will be available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enter through Gate C, Lot 2, at 1 AT&T Center Parkway.
Services at the Cuellar Community Center at 5626 San Fernando and the Ramirez Community Center at 1011 Gillette will both be available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
No appointments and no proof of insurance are necessary.
The City of New Braunfels received a second round of federal CARES Act funds for its coronavirus response.
More than $423,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds will be used for activities that support the unique needs of low- and moderate-income New Braunfels residents negatively impacted by the pandemic.
Assistance could include emergency rent, utility assistance, food distribution, and short-term capital assistance to small businesses.
On Friday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 1,140,000 cases since March. Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, El Paso and Bexar counties were among those consistently reporting the most cases.
Officials also reported more than 8,500 patients with COVID-19 in Texas hospitals. More than 21,000 people have died in the state.
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