SAN ANTONIO – UPDATED April 22, 2020:
More than 320 people in San Antonio have survived their bouts with the novel coronavirus.
City officials said 325 cases — or 30% — are considered fully recovered as of Tuesday evening. Bexar County has reported a total of 1,080 positive cases since the start of the coronavirus’ spread across the country.
Nirenberg has previously said that fully recovered means Metro Health officials have cleared them from monitoring and any other requirements.
As of Tuesday evening, 39 people in Bexar County have died due to the virus, and 716 remain ill, according to city officials. City officials also reported that 82 patients are currently hospitalized.
The latest case numbers are released on the city’s website every evening. You can also view a dashboard of detailed COVID-19-related information, including age groups of cases and deaths, gender and the source of exposure, online.
In Bexar County, 186 of the positive cases are travel-related, 448 are from close contact, 370 are from community transmission and 76 are under investigation.
Community transition means investigators cannot trace the source of exposure to travel or close contact with an infected individual. Community spread indicates the risk of exposure to the general public is higher than when only travel-related and close-contact cases are known.
As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, 196 patients total have been hospitalized; 98 of those patients have been in intensive care and 50 have been on mechanical ventilators.
The majority of the cases, 51%, are women.
The outbreak has infected over 2.5 million people and killed about 180,000 around the world, including more than 45,000 in the U.S., according to a tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University from official government figures, though the true numbers are believed to be far higher.
COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.
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