San Antonio Mayor Says If Not Enough Vaccines Arrive At Alamodome, The Mass Vaccination Site May Have To Close
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There have been 196,528 total cases of the coronavirus in San Antonio, which increased by 318 cases on Sunday. The case count includes about 500 backlogged cases, which are reported weekly.
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District didn't report any new cases on Sunday, but reported 150 with a date of death ranging from Dec. 2, 2020 to Feb. 10, 2021. Metro Health investigates all deaths to determine whether they are caused by the coronavirus. Death that occur within the past 14 days are considered to be "new deaths." There have been 2,670 deaths confirmed by Metro Health in Bexar County.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg said a large number of suspected local deaths are under investigation.
"We do want to let you know that there are also a large number of deaths, over 300, that are currently under investigation, suspected as COVID-19 deaths by San Antonio Metro Health, so there will likely be more reported in the coming days," he said over the weekend. As of Sunday, there were 215 deaths remaining under investigation.
There were 447 COVID-19 patients hospitalized locally on Sunday, including 195 in intensive care and 111 on ventilators.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said the county set a record-high number for vaccinations given in a week this past week. He said next week looks very busy too.
"I think this is our highest week. We will have vaccinated 24,000 people this week and next week we get all new shots, mostly all new, there will be some second ones. But we are signed up to do five-thousand a day next week, so we are on the right road with that," he said.
The county is offering vaccinations by appointment to Tier 1 A & B residents, when available, at the Wonderland of the Americas Mall through the University Health website. The city offers vaccination appointments at the Alamodome, when available, through its website covid19.sanantonio.gov. The mayor said if 10-11,000 doses arrive this week to the Alamodome, the mass vaccination site can remain open.
The city said last week that testing rates had decreased during the February storm that hit. Officials expect data to return to normal early this week.
The storm disrupted data reporting and testing statewide. The storm had also affected the ability to administer doses and delayed several statewide shipments, but the number of vaccinations has increased since last week. About 93,000 doses were administered every day last week, bringing the total amount of Texans fully vaccinated to 6.2%.
The number of statewide hospitalizations has also dropped by nearly 1,500 patients since last week. There are now 5,696 people hospitalized with the coronavirus in the state.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported on Sunday the total statewide count as more than 2.28 million. There have been 42,900 deaths. There were 5,696 COVID-19 patients in Texas hospitals.
Gov. Greg Abbott deployed the Texas National Guard to help get COVID-19 vaccines to older, homebound Texans. About 1,100 members will head to rural and isolated parts of the state to get more people inoculated. The state's vaccine supply is expected to ramp up in the coming week, especially with the approval of the third vaccine in the U.S. — the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Texas could initially receive over 200,000 doses of the new vaccine. The Texas Department of State Health Services says there is no announced delivery timeline.
Johnson & Johnson plan to ship 100 million doses across the U.S. by the summer.
In a recent clinical trial, the one-dose vaccine was shown to be 72% effective in the U.S. and 66% effective overall at preventing moderate-to-severe COVID-19.
These figures are somewhat lower than the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which have been shown to be 94-95% effective against the coronavirus.
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