SA Mayor and Bexar County Judge Invite Residents to Stay Home Over Easter to Avoid More Infections

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SAN ANTONIOEditor’s note: watch the full briefing in the video player above.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff informed the community of the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Friday evening.

Here are some highlights:

  • Nirenberg reported 665 cases of COVID-19 and 24 deaths in Bexar County on Friday. The mayor also reported 151 travel-related cases, 210 community transmissions, 61 cases under investigation and 243 close contacts. He said 89 patients are hospitalized, 56 are in intensive care, 44 are on ventilators and 92 have recovered.
  • Nirenberg and Wolff said there were 2,031 hospital beds and 541 ventilators available in the area.
  • The two leaders urged residents to stay home and worship using online services this Easter Sunday, despite Governor Greg Abbott allowing churches to decide if they want to organize services.
  • Nirenberg said the region is doing well in terms of infections and the city is ready. However, a capacity building plan is in place. He said new models should be available on the city’s website within 24 to 48 hours.
  • The two leaders spoke of the facilities available in the region to house COVID-19 patients in nursing homes. They said they prefer patients to be referred to Westover Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare because the facility has over 100 rooms available and is new. Wolff said he did not want patients from areas outside of Bexar County to remain in these facilities.

WATCH: Two care facilities designated for residents of nursing homes with COVID-19

  • Nirenberg mentioned that they have facilities available for COVID-19 patients who do not come from nursing homes.
  • Wolff warned people against purchasing COVID-19 tests that are not approved by the FDA. He said the city of Laredo has purchased 20,000 tests that are not approved by the FDA and that they have been seized by federal authorities.
  • Nirenberg said the city will host a COVID-19 town hall for children on Monday at noon on the city’s Facebook page.

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, represents coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread worldwide in early 2020, which led the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.

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