San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Monday night.
Here are a few of the highlights:
- Nirenberg reported 36,438 total COVID-19 cases and 323 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Monday, an increase of 355 new cases. Zero new deaths were reported today.
- City officials also reported that 1,073 patients are hospitalized, 431 are in the intensive care unit and 294 are on ventilators. There are 11% of staffed beds available and 45% of ventilators available.
- The city’s dashboard shows the last time zero new deaths were reported was on June 29.
- Nirenberg said there will be an update to the data on the Sg2 model on the city’s website on Tuesday.
- The mayor said one person came to San Antonio as a hurricane evacuee from the coast this weekend and was helped by the Red Cross.
- Dr. Anita Kurian, assistant director of the Metropolitan Health District, said additional staff is being brought in to help with contact tracing and case investigations.
- Kurian said while the city’s progress indicators are trending in the right direction, there is still a high positivity rate and high number of hospitalizations, and people should continue to follow recommended guidelines. She said the goal is a 5% positivity rate. The rate is currently at 17.7%.
- Kurian said 12 children and five staff members at a children’s shelter in the Woodlawn area tested positive for COVID-19. She said they were already in their 10th day since they had gotten tested, and a majority of them were asymptomatic.
- The assistant Metro Health director strongly recommended those with high-risk diseases to seek participation in local COVID-19 vaccine trials.
- Kurian also reminded people not to wait to seek medical attention despite the high number of hospitalizations in the city. Call 911 if you need emergency assistance.
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