COVID-19 positivity rate increases to 39.4% in Bexar County, Metro Health data shows

15 new deaths reported by Metro Health dashboard

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Progress and Warning Indicators

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is reporting a COVID-19 positivity rate of 39.4%, a 1.1% change from last week’s rate of 38.3%. This week’s risk level remains at “severe” and is worsening, officials said.

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

Tuesday’s COVID-19 Numbers

Metro Health’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 5,455 new cases and a 7-day moving average of 5,540 cases. There were 15 new deaths reported, according to the data. Forty-nine new deaths have been reported over the past seven days, totaling 5,062 since the pandemic began.

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There are 1,277 COVID patients in local hospitals, with 286 in ICU and 119 on ventilators. Metro Health’s dashboard shows there are 10% of staffed beds available and 61% of ventilators available.

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

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

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