Metro Health reports 125,100 COVID-19 cases since late December
With daily cases now numbering in the thousands and the positivity rate hovering just under 40%, Dr. Rita Espinosa, chief of epidemiology at Metro Health, said the highly contagious omicron variant is to blame for most, if not all of those cases.
COVID-19 positivity rate increases to 39.4% in Bexar County, Metro Health data shows
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.
At least 87 Texas hospitals were out of ICU beds last week, according to the latest federal data. Look up the ones near you.
Each week, hospitals in Texas report their current ICU bed capacity to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Here’s the latest as the highly contagious omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads and sends unvaccinated Texans to the hospital.
City of San Antonio, Bexar County leaders provide COVID-19 winter surge update
San Antonio and Bexar County officials came together Friday afternoon to update the public about the current status of COVID-19 in our area amid a continuous surge of cases and a third consecutive week at the “severe” risk level.
EXPLAINER: What does it mean for COVID-19 to be endemic?
Some European countries such as Spain are making tentative plans for when they might start treating COVID-19 as an “endemic” disease, but the World Health Organization and other officials have warned that the world is nowhere close to declaring the pandemic over.
Texas’ “maternity deserts” grow as staff shortages close rural labor and delivery units
Only 40% of Texas’ rural hospitals offer labor and delivery services, forcing some patients to drive hundreds of miles to give birth. With nurses in short supply, more hospitals are considering cutting those services entirely.