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Coronavirus update San Antonio, Jan. 3: Leaders report 1,997 new COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths

Medical personnel administer COVID-19 testing at a drive-thru site, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in San Antonio. Coronavirus testing in Texas has dropped significantly, mirroring nationwide trends, just as schools reopen and football teams charge ahead with plans to play. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Medical personnel administer COVID-19 testing at a drive-thru site, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in San Antonio. Coronavirus testing in Texas has dropped significantly, mirroring nationwide trends, just as schools reopen and football teams charge ahead with plans to play. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District reported 121,591 total COVID-19 cases and 1,562 total deaths in Bexar County, an increase of 1,997 new cases as of Sunday. Seven new deaths were reported today.

The total case count includes 239 backlogged electronic lab reports, according to health officials. The death toll includes nine deaths ranging from September 12 - December 15, 2020.

City officials also reported that 1,234 patients are hospitalized, 337 are in the intensive care unit and 182 are on ventilators.

There are 14% of staffed beds available and 52% of ventilators available.

The state of Texas reached a new record high for coronavirus hospitalizations on Sunday, according to a report from the Associated Press. State health officials reported an increase of more than 240 hospitalizations from Saturday, totaling 12,563 patients in Texas hospitals.

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