San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez, along with Metro Health Medical Director Dr. Junda Woo, updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Thursday night.
Here are a few of the highlights:
- Nirenberg reported 45,811 total COVID-19 cases and 767 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Thursday, an increase of 189 new cases. Thirteen new deaths were reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 138.
- The deaths occurred between July 3 and Aug 23, Nirenberg said.
- City officials also reported that 412 patients are hospitalized, 132 are in the intensive care unit and 197 are on ventilators. There are 14% of staffed beds available and 61% of ventilators available.
- Rodriguez said the Bexar County Commissioners Court is working to make voting safer and more accessible amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The court has passed a resolution and is expected to meet again on Sept. 1 to decide what can and cannot be changed during the general election and early voting period.
- Rodriguez said commissioners are exploring mega voting sites to maximize social distancing, 24-hour polling locations during early voting and increased curbside or drive-thru options.
- Rodriguez said Gov. Greg Abbott increased the early voting period, giving people more opportunities to cast their ballot before Election Day. He also said the AT&T Center would be used as a mega voting site during the early vote.
- Woo said the health concerns of expanding curbside options are people traveling together in a large vehicle, possibly increasing virus exposure to some, and the fact that some people may need additional assistance to vote and will need to be near an election official for a more extended period than usual.
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