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Over 1,000 COVID-19 cases, 18 deaths reported this weekend in San Antonio, Bexar County

On Sunday, officials announced 511 new cases, 9 additional deaths

Medical workers suit up with protective personal equipment as they prepare to administer COVID-19 antibody tests and diagnostic tests at a converted vehicle inspection station, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in San Antonio. Local officials across Texas say their hospitals are becoming increasingly stretched and are in danger of becoming overrun as cases of the coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Medical workers suit up with protective personal equipment as they prepare to administer COVID-19 antibody tests and diagnostic tests at a converted vehicle inspection station, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in San Antonio. Local officials across Texas say their hospitals are becoming increasingly stretched and are in danger of becoming overrun as cases of the coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – Over 1,000 COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths were announced for San Antonio, Bexar County over the weekend.

On Saturday, city officials announced 535 new cases and nine deaths. On Sunday, officials announced 511 new COVID-19 cases and another nine deaths. This totals 1,046 COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths in just two days for the area.

Of the nine deaths on Sunday, Mayor Nirenberg said in a Facebook post that all of the patients had underlying health conditions, which include five women and four men. Five residents were in their 80s, three were in their 70s and one was in their 50s.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Good evening, San Antonio. Prolonged face-to-face contact is the easiest way to transmit COVID-19....

Posted by Mayor Ron Nirenberg on Sunday, July 12, 2020

With these new numbers, the total case count is now 19,648 and the death toll is 184, according to the city’s website.

As of Sunday, 6,182 patients have recovered and 13,282 patients are still ill.

COVID-19 related hospitalizations are also still on the rise, and available capacity at area hospitals is dwindling. City officials said as of Sunday, hospitals in Bexar County have just 10% of available capacity.

Hospitals are currently caring for 1,265 COVID-19 patients, the city reports. Of the hospitalized patients, 419 are in the ICU and 246 are on ventilators.

There are 387 staffed beds available, or 10%, and 373 ventilators, or 47%.

On Sunday, Houston city leaders called for a lock down as area hospitals struggle to accommodate the onslaught of COVID-19 patients, according to a report from The Associated Press.

This request comes after a week in which the state of Texas broke records for COVID-19 cases and deaths. On Sunday, the state reported 8,196 new cases and another 80 deaths, totaling 10,410 people in hospitals from the virus, the AP reports.

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