Coronavirus update San Antonio, Aug. 13: 218 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Bexar County

Local coronavirus death toll rises to 560

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On Thursday, local officials confirmed 218 new COVID-19 cases in Bexar County.

The additional cases bring Bexar County’s cumulative total to 43,673. The seven-day average of new cases continues to drop, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said, with the average now at 243 cases per day.

“We’re pleased with the slow decline there,” Nirenberg said.

But 15 more COVID-19 deaths were confirmed Thursday, bringing the death toll to 560. The new deaths were investigated between June 19 and Aug. 10.

Officials reported 695 Bexar County residents are hospitalized due to COVID-19, down from 710 on Wednesday. Of those patients, 311 are in the intensive care unit and 213 patients are on ventilators.

As of Wednesday, 16% of staffed hospital beds and 51% of ventilators are available in Bexar County. Hospitals remain under “high” stress.

Nirenberg said the city is planning on closing parks for the Labor Day weekend and will coordinate with the county’s order on closures.

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Ivan Herrera has worked as a journalist in San Antonio since 2016. His work for KSAT 12 and includes covering breaking news of the day, as well as producing Q&As and content for the "South Texas Pride" and "KSAT Money" series.