SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio has moved down just a bit on the list of top five COVID-19 hotspots in the nation, according to CNBC’s tracking of the virus outbreak.
Last month, the media outlet listed San Antonio as the fourth top hotspot for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. However, as of July 1, the city moved further down the list to number five for the fastest virus growth, according to CNBC reporter Meg Tirrell.
Although Austin made the list in the previous report, San Antonio was the only Texas city on the top five list as of yet.
According to CNBC, metro areas in the U.S. that saw the fastest case growth include:
- Jacksonville, Florida
- Orlando, Florida
- Tampa, Florida
- Charleston, South Carolina
- San Antonio, Texas
U.S. states reported 50k+ new #COVID19 cases today. Now seeing the fastest growth:— Meg Tirrell (@megtirrell) July 2, 2020
5. San Antonio
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As of Thursday, San Antonio city leaders reported an increase of 374 COVID-19 cases and 1,074 patients in the hospital. Four additional deaths were also reported.
Hospital capacity is filling up quickly and city leaders said if the uptick in hospitalizations continues at the same rate over the next week or so, capacity may be reached in “two weeks or sooner.”
As the July 4th holiday weekend nears, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff also announced city and county parks will be closed to help slow the spread of the virus and keep the public safe.
“We know there will be a lot of people not happy with this, but it’s for their own protection,” Wolff said in a previous report.
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