2,395 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths in Bexar County



Jan. 19, 2021Updated: Jan. 19, 2021 6:26 p.m.


Personnel test a person at a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site at the CentroMed clinic on Palo Alto Road in November.

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Nurse Keri Ginger suits up to assist intubation of a patient in Methodist Hospital Covid Unit, on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

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Hospitalizations for the coronavirus in San Antonio are now approaching the level of the summer surge. Superior Mobile Health paramedics George Lombardo and Katheryn Wieding, right, transport a woman they were told was COVID-19 positive from an assisted living facility to a hospital in July in San Antonio.

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San Antonio’s Frost Bank has eliminated 68 positions across all of its regions and departments. They are the first layoffs in almost two decades.

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Medical personnel direct people at a COVID-19 pop-up testing site in the Edgewood Square shopping center parking lot on South General McMullen Drive, Friday.

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FILE PHOTO —- Attendees line up early to receive free Wing Stop wings during the 41st annual San Antonio Cowboy Breakfast held outside Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, January 25, 2019. The dance hall has recently been threatened with shutdown after multiple COVID-19 violations.

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Dr. Tamara Simpson and two nurses rush a COVID-19 patient to Northeast Baptist Hospital’s COVID Unit in San Antonio.

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Metro Health conducts COVID-19 testing in June.

The staff at Metro Health represent the pinnacle of the health profession, writes the CEO of Texas MedClinic.

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A highly contagious coronavirus strain that first appeared in southern England in November has been found in Texas.

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Valerie Gomez, left, an overnight patient coordinator on the fifth floor at University Hospital, attends to a new patient on Dec. 14, 2020.

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Mary Dixson of San Antonio participated in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial. The global trials showed few minor side effects of the vaccine, and indicated they are safe for immunocompromised people and pregnant women.

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Metro Health has administered 119,148 COVID tests at Freeman Coliseum through Nov. 30.

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In this July 14, 2020, file photo, students in a Texas classroom don masks as they learn.

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This article will be updated throughout the week with coronavirus case counts and other need-to-know information about the pandemic in San Antonio. 

January 17

COVID-19 updates: San Antonio surpassed 150,000 coronavirus cases Tuesday as the winter surge of COVID-19 kills more residents and threatens to cripple area hospitals.

Officials reported 2,395 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, pushing the total since the pandemic began in March to 152,231. Ten more people have died of COVID-19, officials reported Tuesday. The youngest was a white man in his 30s.

January 18

1,281 new cases Monday, three deaths: At the start of January, hospitals were caring for 1,100 patients, 328 of whom needed intensive care and 178 relied on ventilators to breathe. Those figures have soared since then: Hospitals on Monday were caring for 437 patients who needed intensive care and 260 relying on ventilators to breathe.

Patients with COVID-19 now make up nearly 38 percent of all those hospitalized in San Antonio — more than double the 15-percent threshold that triggers the business occupancy restrictions and bar closures.

Area hospitals were caring for 1,520 patients with COVID-19 on Monday — 253 more than the record set this summer, when state leaders shut down bars and mandated masks to stave off the virus.

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