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COVID-19 related hospitalizations still declining in San Antonio, Bexar County

550 new cases and 2 new deaths in Bexar County, officials report

People wearing a face masks for protection against COVID-19 pass a business that has reopened in San Antonio, Thursday, May 14, 2020. Texas attorney general Ken Paxton has warned officials in San Antonio, Austin and Dallas that the cities could face lawsuits if they do not relax coronavirus measures he says go further than state law allows. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
People wearing a face masks for protection against COVID-19 pass a business that has reopened in San Antonio, Thursday, May 14, 2020. Texas attorney general Ken Paxton has warned officials in San Antonio, Austin and Dallas that the cities could face lawsuits if they do not relax coronavirus measures he says go further than state law allows. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – COVID-19 related hospitalizations are still declining, although the case count continues to rise in San Antonio and Bexar County. Five hundred fifty new cases were reported by city leaders on Friday.

Mayor Nirenberg announced during the daily COVID-19 briefing that there are now 40,803 COVID-19 cases in the area and two additional deaths were also announced. The local death toll now stands at 349.

Though the case count continues to grow, hospitalizations have continued declining.

Nirenberg said 926 patients are hospitalized due to COVID-19 on Friday, down from 965 on Thursday.

Of those patients, 364 are in the intensive care unit, down from 380 on Thursday. Ventilators are being used on 252 patients.

As of Friday, 15% of staffed hospital beds and 53% of ventilators are available in Bexar County.

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