'It's a high risk': Doctor warns San Antonians about travel, gatherings for Thanksgiving
For weeks, many health officials and local leaders have been pleading for families to cancel their Thanksgiving travel plans and find safe, alternate ways to be together this year to help mitigate the rapidly rising COVID-19 cases. Last weekend, 19,331 passengers passed through security checkpoints at San Antonio International Airport, according to the Transportation Security Administration. READ ALSO: Why my family is not having Thanksgiving together this yearIn comparison to 2019, the crowd at the San Antonio airport was only 40 percent of what it experienced the weekend before Thanksgiving last year. No matter how crowded the airport is, Dr. William Henrich, the president of UT Health San Antonio, warns traveling is risky. READ ALSO: San Antonio mayor completes precautionary quarantine, warns against testing 'in' to ThanksgivingOfficials reported 709 new cases Monday, and the county has logged more than 2,700 new infections since Friday.mysanantonio.com
UT Health San Antonio plans to build $400M research and specialty hospital
SAN ANTONIO Editors note: This story was published through a partnership between the San Antonio Business Journal and KSAT. UT Health San Antonio plans to begin construction in spring 2021 on the University of Texas Health Specialty and Research Hospital, a 144-bed facility in the heart of the South Texas Medical Center. The project, which has been in the works for a few years, is in the design phase, UT Health San Antonio President Dr. William Henrich said. The hospital is expected to create 750 to 800 new jobs and accommodate 130 additional residency slots on the UT Health San Antonio campus. Read more on the plans for this research center at the San Antonio Business Journal.
Third wave of COVID-19 cases expected this fall, UT Health San Antonio president warns
SAN ANTONIO As Bexar County deals with a second wave of COVID-19 cases, the president of UT Health San Antonio is urging people to rededicate themselves to wearing masks and practicing social distancing and good hygiene. Henrich warned that the second wave could last through the summer. Hospitalizations continue surging as 44 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in San Antonio, Bexar CountyThere are currently 187 patients in the hospital leaving 26% of hospital beds available. One of the predictive models that UT Health San Antonio uses to see how San Antonio and Bexar County are faring with the virus predicts that hospitalizations could increase five-fold through July. Can we expect a third wave of COVID-19 cases?
Precision Therapy Collaborative Next Big Thing for San Antonio
In fact, what already exists is arguably San Antonios most underappreciated and least understood economic success. Changing that lack of public awareness will be the subject of the Rivard Reports second annual Medical Forum luncheon program, The Growing Impact and Importance of San Antonios Billion-Dollar Research Collaborative.Tickets are available here. Behind the economic surge in San Antonio is an evolving approach to economic development that itself represents a new level of collaboration across the private sector, higher education, and local government. If September was all about $1 billion in new manufacturing investment in San Antonio, the Oct. 15 forum will be all about what lies ahead. The following week wasnt so bad, either, with news that Port San Antonio, now home to 13,000 workers in manufacturing, aviation, and cybersecurity, would construct a new $50 million cyber center to accompany one built only last year.therivardreport.com
Second Annual Rivard Report Medical Forum Focuses on Billion-Dollar Research Partnership
In the past several years, San Antonios medical, academic, and research sectors have collaborated at an unprecedented rate in an attempt to increase the number of research dollars coming into the city. Knowing they can bring in more money working together than separately, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Southwest Research Institute, UT Health San Antonio, and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute have joined forces on various projects and shared faculty and search teams for talent. People talk about San Antonio being Military City or Cyber City, which is certainly true, but we are now on our way to becoming a knowledge economy city, he said. The luncheon will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio NW I-10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and tickets can be purchased through Oct. 15. Disclosure: UT Health San Antonio is a Rivard Report business member.therivardreport.com