San Antonio reaches 'high' risk level for coronavirus
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Local COVID-19 data, last updated Tuesday, June 28
There were 863 new coronavirus cases reported Tuesday by San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District. The 7-day average of reported cases is now at 839.
San Antonio is now in the "high" risk level. Vaccination sites can be found here.
There are 204 patients hospitalized with the illness locally, including 32 in intensive care units and 4 on ventilators.
Metro Health reported 1 new death on Tuesday. The death toll since the beginning of the pandemic stands at 5,339 people.
Metro Health officials told TPR they were no longer updating the local positivity rate, but the Progress and Warning Indicators dashboard shows the rate at 21.9% for the week of June 18-24. That does not include at-home positive tests that aren’t reported to Metro Health.
Response from Bexar County officials
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff during Tuesday's commissioners meeting referenced the steady uptick in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks as residents increase summer activities.
But it's nothing like last summer.
"COVID is beginning to spread. We were at a low level, now we're at a moderate level. Not as dangerous to us as before because most of us are vaccinated and the symptoms are not what they were earlier before the vaccinations," he said.
When the risk level is moderate in a community, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says residents should get tested if they have symptoms. It’s also recommended to wear a mask if they have symptoms, test positive, or are exposed to someone with COVID-19. Travelers should wear a mask on public transportation. If one is at high-risk for serious illness, they should consider wearing a mask indoors in public and taking other precautions.
The CDC on Tuesday reported all surrounding counties around Bexar remain in the low risk category, as are Travis and Dallas counties. Harris County is in the high risk category.