Bexar County, San Antonio adds 170 new COVID-19 cases

Local coronavirus death toll rises to 591

A man wearing a mask to protect against the spread of COVID-19 passes a sign requiring masks at a restaurant, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in San Antonio. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared masks or face coverings must be worn in public across most of the state as local officials across the state say their hospitals are becoming increasingly stretched and are in danger of becoming overrun as cases of the coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio officials announced 170 new COVID-19 cases in Bexar County on Saturday.

Bexar County’s cumulative total went up to 43,993 due to the additional cases.

The death toll for the area rose to 591 on Saturday, an increase from 578 on Friday.

Officials reported 598 Bexar County residents are hospitalized due to COVID-19, down from 651 on Friday. Of those patients, 285 are in the intensive care unit and 194 patients are on ventilators.

As of Saturday, 18% of staffed hospital beds and 56% of ventilators are available in Bexar County. Hospitals remain under “high” stress.

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