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COVID Hospitalizations, Daily Cases Are Declining In Texas After Nearing Levels Of The Pandemic’s Winter Peak

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This blog is updated every weekday. It includes the latest COVID-19 data from San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District, which is updated weekly on Wednesdays, as well as statewide reporting from The Texas Newsroom.

Latest Bexar County Updates

The City of San Antonio reported an increase of 483 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, and the area’s 7-day average is now 602 cases per day. There have been a total 309,457 cases since March 2020.

The death toll is now 4,325, with 1 new death reported Monday.

There are 710 people hospitalized in the area with the virus, which is about 20% of the area’s total number of patients. There are 256 people in intensive care and 146 on ventilators. About 82% of those hospitalized with the virus are not fully vaccinated.

About 89% of the city’s eligible population have received at least 1 dose, and 73.8% are fully vaccinated.

Overall, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases statewide have decreased since last week, after getting close to the state’s winter peak. The number of new deaths reported in the state are up, and more than 9,000 Texans died from COVID-19 in August and September. About 40% of those people were under the age of 60.

Pop-up Vaccine Clinics In San Antonio This Week

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District hosts several pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics this week.

Locations include the Good Samaritan Community Center on Saltillo Street (Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 9-11:30 a.m.), the McNay Art Museum (Thursday, Sept. 30, from 1-6 p.m.), and the Culinary INstitute of America (Friday, Oct. 1, from 11 a.m.-5p.m.).

No clinics are scheduled Tuesday or Saturday.

The Alamodome offers COVID vaccines AND booster shots Wednesdays through Fridays from noon to 8 p.m.

All Metro Health clinics except the Alamodome also offer flu shots.

Metro Health offers $100 H-E-B gift cards to anyone who completes their COVID-19 vaccine dosage at Metro Health clinics.

Extreme Psychological Behavior During A Pandemic Is Not New, Psychologist Says

In the past year and a half, people have exhibited extreme psychological behavior due to the pandemic, including paranoia, xenophobia, denial, extreme anxiety and more. As it turns out, it's all happened before.

Dr. Steven Taylor, professor and clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, spoke to TPR about his book, “The Psychology of Pandemics: Preparing For The Next Global Outbreak Of Infectious Disease.”

Taylor said the extreme reactions to the 2021 pandemic are similar to those from the 1918 pandemic.

“Just about everything that's happened during COVID-19 has happened before. Panic buying, racism, quack cures. All of those things happened during the Spanish flu and other serious pandemics,” he said.

The big difference between COVID-19 and past outbreaks is the speed and the magnitude with which things are happening, he said.

“So mass protest rallies have happened before in the Spanish flu, but they're bigger and louder this time around because of social media and the 24/7 news cycle that amplifies everything,” he said.

Taylor believes pandemics and other community-wide events that are stressful evoke extremes in people.

“At one end, the extreme of people who think the whole thing is a joke, who think the whole thing is a hoax, they don't see the need to get vaccinated. There are often the people who spread infection because they're not taking it seriously,” he said. “At the other end of the people who are excessively anxious, they shut up at home or they're highly worried. They can't sleep at night because they're so worried about COVID and they're often the people who have had to have a history of anxiety or emotional problems.”

Listen to the full interview with Taylor here.

Click here for more information about getting the COVID-19 vaccine in San Antonio (aquí para español).

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