‘We are back in control of the pandemic here in San Antonio,' mayor says

COVID-19 positivity rate nearing ‘green zone’

Mayor Ron Nirenberg discusses Covid-19 metrics.

SAN ANTONIO – After a difficult and deadly summer, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said the city is in strong shape right now when it comes to COVID-19.

Nirenberg talked about the encouraging metrics during Wednesday’s KSAT Q&A which show a 14-day decline in coronavirus cases. The positivity rate has also been on the decline. It’s currently at 6.7%; the goal is 5%.

“We are in the green zone. But I want to emphasize that even when we are in the green zone, it means that we’ve got to stay courses, continue to wear your mask, practice physical distancing. We’ve got to incorporate some of those minor inconveniences all the way until we actually get a vaccine,” he said.

While we are in the green zone overall, the risk level for returning to in-person learning is still considered moderate.

Are you, at this point, feeling better about in-person learning and the fact that it could happen within the next week or two?

I’m confident that the level of classroom in-person learning that is indicated by the public health authority can be done safely,” he said.

Schools are currently at 25% occupancy and are allowed to have six students per classroom. This allows schools to bring back special needs students or students who do not have digital access.

“But we’re not at the point of opening it up to 50 or 100 percent yet. We need to cross through that positivity metric first. I am confident that we’re getting there and we’re gonna get there very soon,” he said.

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Alyssa Medina is the Video-On-Demand Producer and has worked at KSAT since 2016. She creates exclusive content for the KSAT-TV streaming app. Some of her most notable contributions focus on race and culture or health and wellness. She's created the segments 'Creating Black History in S.A.' and 'New Week. New You."