San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Saturday night.
Here are a few of the highlights:
- Nirenberg reported 2,825 COVID-19 cases and one additional death in Bexar County, as of Saturday. The death toll now stands at 73. The spike in COVID-19 cases are due to results coming in from state labs and Nirenberg said some of these cases may not be new cases, given the backlog of results.
- City leaders announced 189 cases are from the community, six are from congregate settings and 153 are pending further investigation.
- Saturday was the second day in a row the city has seen a slight decrease in hospitalizations from the virus, Nirenberg said. As of Saturday, there are 83 patients in the hospital, 39 in intensive care and 20 patients on ventilators. A total of 79% of the city’s ventilators are available and 29% of staffed hospital beds.
- All 67 nursing homes in San Antonio have completed testing for COVID-19, courtesy of Metro Health and the San Antonio Fire Department, Nirenberg said. All of the nursing homes were required to undergo universal testing under Governor Abbott’s order.
- Judge Wolff said unemployment claims in the county have seen quite an uptick amid the coronavirus pandemic. A total of 187,000 unique claims were filed from Feb. 28 to May 15; however, those numbers are decreasing. As of Saturday, Wolff said 32,000 claims were filed in Precinct 1; 34,000 were filed in Precinct 2; 37,000 were filed in Precinct 3 and 33,000 were filed in Precinct 4.
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