Man in his 20s with ‘unknown medical history’ loses battle with COVID-19 in San Antonio, officials say

On Saturday, 1,108 more COVID-19 cases, 11 additional deaths were announced

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio officials reported another young COVID-19 related death in the area on Saturday.

According to a Facebook post from Mayor Ron Nirenberg, a man in his 20s with an ‘unknown medical history’ succumbed to the virus. This man and 10 others were accounted for in Saturday’s death numbers.

The rest of the 11 patients that lost their battle with COVID-19 include five women between their 40s and 90s, and six men between their 20s and 90s. The man in his 20s and the two other men all had unknown medical histories.

On Saturday, officials reported 1,108 more COVID-19 cases and 11 additional deaths in Bexar County and San Antonio. This brings the total case count to 28,633 and the death toll to 251 in the area.

COVID-19 UPDATE July 18: Good evening, San Antonio. Prolonged face-to-face contact is the easiest way to transmit...

Posted by Mayor Ron Nirenberg on Saturday, July 18, 2020

Nirenberg also said Saturday that hospitalizations are slowly declining in the area.

As of Saturday, there are 1,144 COVID-19 positive patients in area hospitals, with 426 patients in the ICU and 293 on ventilators. According to city officials, 419 staffed hospital beds are available, or 11%, and 372 ventilators, or 48%.

The numbers of recovered COVID-19 patients will be updated on Monday, according to Nirenberg. As of Friday, 10,284 recoveries were reported.

The city of San Antonio is mourning the loss of two of its own on Saturday due to complications with COVID-19.

A temporary security guard at the Alamodome, whose name has not yet been released, and a mechanic with the San Antonio Fire Department, Hector Rodriguez, both succumbed to the virus.

The security guard worked seasonally since 2006, city officials said, and Rodriguez served with the fire department for 29 years.

City Manager Erik Walsh issued this statement Saturday on both of their passings.

“Today, it’s with sadness that I share that we are grieving the loss of two of our own City of San Antonio teammates. Please join me in keeping their loved ones in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time. This pandemic has tested our City’s resolve over the last few months but today, it hit especially close to home. Let’s all do our part to protect our frontline workers by staying home when possible or wearing a mask and social distancing when you can’t. Lives are depending on you.”

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Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.