COVID-19 positivity rate climbs to 38.3% in Bexar County, Metro Health reports

Seven new deaths reported by Metro Health dashboard

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SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is reporting a COVID-19 positivity rate of 38.3%, a 7.3% change from last week’s rate of 31%.

Tuesday’s COVID-19 Numbers

Metro Health’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 5,413 new cases and a 7-day moving average of 6,140 cases. There were seven new deaths reported, according to the data. Nineteen new deaths have been reported over the past seven days, totaling 5,013 since the pandemic began.

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There are 1,197 COVID patients in local hospitals with 249 in ICU and 105 on ventilators. Metro Health’s dashboard shows there are 10% of staffed beds available and 63% of ventilators available.

See more of today’s COVID-19 statistics and city resources for the public here.

Progress and Warning Indicators

The progress and warning indicators — including two-week case comparison, hospital trends, average case rate and positivity rate — are critical. Hospital stress is severe. These indicators are updated on Tuesdays.

City health officials offer the following testing guidelines

  • Consider using a self-test before joining indoor gatherings with others who are not in your household.
  • A positive self-test result means that you have an infection and should avoid indoor gatherings to reduce the risk of spreading the disease to someone else.
  • A negative self-test result means that you may not have an infection. Repeating the test with at least 24 hours between tests will increase the confidence that you are not infected.
  • Ask your health care provider if you need help interpreting your test results.

Click here to access more information about other city no-cost testing sites.

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About the Author:

Ivan Herrera has worked as a journalist in San Antonio since 2016. His work for KSAT 12 and KSAT.com includes covering breaking news of the day, as well as producing Q&As and content for the "South Texas Pride" and "KSAT Money" series.