SAN ANTONIO – Officials confirmed 124 new coronavirus cases in Bexar County on Tuesday.
The new cases took Bexar County’s cumulative total to 45,488 since the start of the pandemic in March.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said 16 more died of the virus, bringing the death toll to 741. The deaths reported Tuesday occurred between July 21 and Aug. 18.
In Bexar County hospitals, 458 are hospitalized Tuesday due to COVID-19, Nirenberg said. Hospitalizations have steadily decreased since July, when more than 1,200 COVID-19 related hospitalizations were reported. Nirenberg said 209 COVID-19 patients are in the intensive care unit while 139 are on ventilators.
Nirenberg said 15% of hospital beds and 59% of ventilators are available.
Here are a few of the highlights from Tuesday’s city and county COVID-19 briefing:
- Judge Nelson Wolff said $948,000 in funds have been allocated for the creation of a new civil court that would focus on protective orders. The county expects to fill 12 positions for the new court.
- Dr. Colleen Bridger, interim Metro Health director and assistant city manager, said testing demand has gone down as the number of cases is declining in the community. Currently, the city can test between 7,000 and 7,500 people per day. Bridger estimates the city is administering between 2,500 and 3,000 tests per day.
- Dr. Barbara Taylor, assistant dean at UT Health San Antonio, said a person can have the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. She advised people to get their influenza vaccine before the height of the flu season and continue to follow CDC guidelines. “They both can make you feel pretty miserable for quite some time,” she said.
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