San Antonio’s 7-Day Average Of Daily Coronavirus Cases Is 4 Times Higher Now Than At The Start Of November
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The San Antonio area’s average daily caseload has quadrupled what it was at the start of November. On Monday, Mayor Ron Nirenberg reported the average to be 832 daily cases — compared to an average of 206 daily cases on Nov. 1. There were 1,117 new cases reported in San Antonio on Monday.
In total, there have been 81,174 cases and 1,357 confirmed deaths in the area since March. No new deaths were reported on Monday.
The percentage of positive results per 100,000 tests is worsening, Nirenberg said. The area’s positivity rate has dropped slightly to 9.2%, but Nirenberg said that is most likely due to more asymptomatic people getting tested in advance of Thanksgiving celebrations. Health officials say they don’t believe the area will see the effects of the Thanksgiving holiday for at least two weeks.
The San Antonio area had been under a partial curfew for the Thanksgiving holiday, which began last Wednesday at 10 p.m. The curfew expired Monday at 5 a.m. No citations were given over the weekend for violating the curfew.
“The goal of the curfew was to limit the ongoing spread of the virus. We know that going into the Thanksgiving Day weekend, we were seeing an increase, a significant increase in cases. We knew that transmission was accelerating. What we didn’t want to have happen, with the additional gatherings that were going to take place, to see that accelerate even further,” Nirneberg said.
Overall, the area’s stress level is “worsening” as of Monday, and has moved up from its “moderate” risk level. Hospital stress and capacity remains moderate, with 14% of staffed beds and 68% of ventilators available.
There are currently 587 patients hospitalized with the coronavirus (+5). There are 78 patients who have been relocated from El Paso and are hospitalized in San Antonio. There are 182 COVID-19 patients in intensive care (+4) and 99 on ventilators (+3).
San Antonio’s Metropolitan Health District released a new health directive Monday, strongly recommending that residents do not eat indoors or attend indoor gatherings with people who are not members of one’s household.
“As the cold weather approaches, and in the wake of Thanksgiving gatherings, we are expecting our case numbers to climb through the end of the year. This is a critical month,” said Dr. Junda Woo, Bexar County Health Authority, in the press release. “We are asking people to be more selective about how they dine and how they gather with others until we’re on the other side of this surge. When you have to be around others, try to bring in fresh air by opening a window or increasing ventilation. Bundle up, mask up and stay safe.”
Nirenberg said that it is a critical point of the pandemic and that everyday decisions will affect the long-term health of the city.
On Monday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported more than 1,168,000 cases since March. Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, El Paso and Bexar counties were among those consistently reporting the most cases.
Officials also reported more than 8,900 patients with COVID-19 in Texas hospitals. More than 21,000 people have died in the state.
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