SAN ANTONIO – Fifteen more people have died of COVID-19 in Bexar County and 299 tested positive for the virus on Friday, Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced.
The latest deaths bring the death toll locally to 313, more than 60% of which were reported in July alone.
Since the pandemic began, 34,932 Bexar County residents have been infected.
The mayor said 1,059 patients are hospitalized due to COVID-19. The tally marked the fifth consecutive day COVID-19 hospitalizations have declined. But experts say there is still a long way to go and that the hospitalizations can grow quickly.
Of those patients, 430 are in the intensive care unit, down seven from the day before. COVID-19 hospitalizations make up about a third of the admissions in Bexar County Hospitals.
Nirenberg said 11% of staffed hospital beds and 44% of ventilators are available in Bexar County as of Friday.