All-time high COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations reported in San Antonio, Bexar County this week

County Judge Nelson Wolff urged Gov. Abbott to allow local leaders to make face coverings mandatory

San Antonio (Illustration by Henry Keller) (Henry Keller, KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – Judge Nelson Wolff said Bexar County has had a “large uptick in positive (COVID-19) cases in the last week” and is now at an all-time high number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations for Bexar County in a letter addressed to Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday regarding reopening concerns.

Judge Wolff said there were 172 more COVID-19 cases in Bexar County as of Friday. In total, Bexar County has had 4,012 cases. Two additional deaths were also reported, totaling 84.

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Of these cases, there are 2,271 that have recovered from the virus and 1,657 that are still ill, according to the city’s website.

The county currently has 138 COVID-19 patients in local hospitals, which is the highest daily number we’ve had so far in the area, according to Wolff.

Officials said there are 28% of staffed hospital beds available and 78% of ventilators.

“If we are going to be successful in the reopening of our economy, we need to put in place some mandatory health requirements,” Wolff said in the letter to Abbott.

Wolff urged the governor on Friday to allow local jurisdictions to make face coverings mandatory.

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The case numbers will officially be updated daily at 7 p.m. on the city’s website. City leaders have moved the televised briefings to twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We’ll continue to bring updates as they become available.

For more information on the city’s COVID-19 numbers, click here.

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