SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio officials urged residents to stay home as the city recorded its highest number of cases in a single day.
An emergency alert was sent out just minutes after the city reported 795 new COVID-19 cases. That brings the city’s total number of cases to 9,652.
Two new deaths were reported, and the death toll is now at 107.
The Wireless Emergency Alert, similar to an Amber Alert, urges residents to stay home, wear face coverings, practice social distancing, and avoid gathering with people outside of your household.
“This action is reserved only for emergencies, and we have clearly reached emergency status,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said in a news release. “We need every person in San Antonio and Bexar County to take this crisis seriously and behave accordingly to slow the exponential growth of the virus.”
In San Antonio, there are currently 984 available staffed beds and 449 ventilators, or 21% of beds and 66% of ventilators.
Nirenberg posted a video on Facebook shortly after the alert went out, saying now is the time to stay “vigilant.”
He added, “the simplest of measures could have the greatest impact on our ability to contain this disease.”
Mayor Nirenberg : COVID-19 Wireless Alert
You might have just noticed a COVID-19 alert on your cell phone, advising you to stay home to the greatest extent possible. We are reporting 795 cases of COVID-19 today. We must remain vigilant. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Practice physical distancing. Together, we’re going to get through this.Posted by Mayor Ron Nirenberg on Saturday, June 27, 2020
The numbers are announced on the city’s coronavirus webpage every evening.
This week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has taken a tougher stance on stopping the spread of the virus by halting reopenings, closing bars, and banning public gatherings of 100 people or more, with certain exceptions.
Restaurants must scale back their dining room capacity from 75% to 50%, starting Monday.
Abbott has stopped short of mandating face masks, and has not issued stay-at-home orders. The state of Texas reported 5,747 new cases on Saturday and an additional 42 deaths, bringing the death toll to 2,366.
On Friday, Texas surpassed 5,000 hospitalizations for the first time with 5,102 hospitalizations. Health officials said Saturday that the number of people hospitalized was at 5,523.