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COVID-19 cases top 44,000 in San Antonio, Bexar County

Local coronavirus death toll rises to 598

FILE - In this June 15, 2020, file photo, visitors to the River Walk pass a restaurant that has reopened in San Antonio. The number of deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. has fallen in recent weeks to the lowest level since late March, even as states increasingly reopen for business. But scientists are deeply afraid the trend may be about to reverse itself. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
FILE - In this June 15, 2020, file photo, visitors to the River Walk pass a restaurant that has reopened in San Antonio. The number of deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. has fallen in recent weeks to the lowest level since late March, even as states increasingly reopen for business. But scientists are deeply afraid the trend may be about to reverse itself. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio officials announced 59 new COVID-19 cases in Bexar County on Sunday.

Bexar County’s cumulative total went up to 44,052 due to the additional cases.

The death toll for the area rose to 598 on Sunday, an increase from 591 on Saturday.

Officials reported 612 Bexar County residents are hospitalized due to COVID-19, up from 598 on Saturday. Of those patients, 279 are in the intensive care unit and 192 patients are on ventilators.

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

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