SAN ANTONIO – 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 on Thursday evening. Nirenberg said that cases of community spread have now overtaken travel-related cases, making community transmission the most common source of exposure.
Here are some highlights:
- Nirenberg reported 254 cases of COVID-19 and 9 deaths in Bexar County on Thursday. The mayor also reported 79 travel-related cases, 82 community transmission cases, 47 cases under investigation, 72 hospitalizations, 34 intensive care patients and 19 ventilator patients. He said that 47 people have recovered.
- Nirenberg announced an increase in COVID-19 confirmed cases at the Southeast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center San Antonio. He reported that an additional 59 residents tested positive for COVID-19, 11 residents tested negative for the virus, and two were inconclusive. He added that these figures were not included in today’s total count and will be included in tomorrow’s count. He also said that more information would be provided tomorrow. However, today’s retirement home numbers add to those that tested positive yesterday. Click here to read more.
- “We have to assume that the virus is found in every corner of this city,” said Nirenberg during the update. by city and county.
- The mayor thanked the community for participating in this minute of silence to remember those who died from complications from COVID-19 and to honor health workers.
- Wolff said the city and the county have both sent letters to religious leaders, asking them to obey local orders to avoid further community spread.
- Wolff spoke of the member who tested positive for the virus. He said the situation in the prison was under control.
- The judge said residents should prepare for the coming weeks and stressed the need to continue staying at home.
- During the question-and-answer part of the press conference, Nirenberg said that a contact investigation was underway at the Southeast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in San Antonio. He said the city has reviewed an additional facility owned by the company and is functioning properly.
- Nirenberg told reporters that the city continues to review hospital transport from nursing homes for any possible increases in the cases. He also said the city is working to improve the analysis of the data it has received.
Watch the full briefing in the video player above. Find all the past daily briefings and watch live every day here.
The Mayor of San Antonio and the Bexar County Judge give daily live updates here at 6:10 p.m.
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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