Coronavirus live updates: A timeline of COVID-19 in San Antonio

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April 19

7:10 p.m. | The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office reported another five inmates in custody at the Bexar County Adult Detention Center have tested positive for COVID-19. The inmates, which had recently been relocated to the infirmary for medical observation, initially developed a fever above 100 degrees and tests then returned positive.

A total of 20 inmates now have COVID-19, authorities report. The sheriff’s office also reports 21 deputies and four civilian employees and one University Hospital nurse working at the jail have been infected.

6:20 p.m. | The number of COVID-19 cases in San Antonio climbed past 1,000 Sunday, and Mayor Ron Nirenberg said another resident of Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has died of the disease. San Antonio now has 1,015 confirmed cases of COVID-19, Nirenberg said at the daily city-county briefing.

The death toll stands at 39. There have now been 18 residents of the Southeast Nursing facility who have died after testing positive for novel coronavirus. The person whose death was reported Sunday was a Hispanic male in his 70s, Nirenberg said, who had multiple underlying health conditions.

6: p.m. | Cases rise in Hays County: Hays County officials reported two new COVID-19 cases overnight and today bringing the total to 127, with 57 of those affected already recovered and out of quarantine. There are 69 current active cases.

April 18

6:20 | As restrictions designed to curb the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus slowly loosen, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and County Judge Nelson Wolff cautioned area residents against dropping their guard too soon.

Nirenberg reported 33 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total in Bexar County to 992. One more person has died because of the virus, a Hispanic man in his 50s with underlying health conditions, Nirenberg said at the daily city-county briefing.

The death toll is at 38 for Bexar County.

April 17

8:30 p.m. | Two hard-hit oil field services companies are laying off San Antonio-area workers. Hallibuton terminated 384 workers at its Elmendorf operations center in southwestern Bexar County, and Step Energy Services will cut 69 workers at a facility in Floresville in Wilson County.

6:20 p.m. | Coronavirus case update: The novel coronavirus continued on the upswing in the San Antonio area on Friday, as the total number of cases swelled to 959 from 918 on Thursday. But there were no new deaths reported for a second day in a row. Bexar County’s death toll stands at 37. Dallas County had 50 deaths as of Thursday, with 2,066 confirmed cases.

3 p.m. | A total of 15 inmates have now tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Five new cases were confirmed Friday.

1:30 p.m. | Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday he is extending school closures through the end of the school year. But he has also allowed retail shops of all sizes to reopen with to-go service and state parks to reopen on Monday. Under the order, schools—including public, private, and higher education institutions—will remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers may go into the classroom for video instruction, to perform administrative duties, and to clean out their classrooms.

7:30 a.m. | San Antonio area residents soon will be required to wear face coverings in public when social distancing is difficult and tighter restrictions have been imposed on stores allowed to stay open

April 16

6 p.m. | Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff named a panel of medical experts to advise when it’s safe to ease stay-at-home restrictions prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

5 p.m. | Two more inmates at the Bexar County jail have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to 10. Both inmates had already been in isolated cells in the infirmary, officials said Thursday, before their test results returned. At that point, they were placed in negative-pressure cells.

3 p.m. | As the coronavirus pandemic continues, H-E-B updated previously instated purchasing limits on some products. Eggs, toilet paper, masks and pasta sauce are still limited per trip for shopper, but the grocery store removed frozen food, bread and more from the list.

1:20 p.m. | USAA reversed course after seizing federal stimulus funds from customers whose accounts were overdrawn. The company announced it will allow members with negative account balances to access the full amount of their stimulus checks after swift and blistering social media blowback.

11:45 a.m. | San Antonio officials are weighing a nearly $16 million program to help needy families stay in their homes and cover necessary household expenses such as groceries and gasoline as COVID-19 lays waste to the local economy.

10:20 a.m. | The San Antonio Fire Department has placed all firefighters at one station in quarantine following a third case of the coronavirus. Firefighters from other city stations will staff the facility until the quarantined firefighters return to duty.

April 15

6:23 p.m. | San Antonio reported 75 new cases of COVID-19, pushing the total to 890 as of Wednesday and four more deaths were reported, officials said Wednesday. Another resident of the Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was among the new deaths announced. The nursing home now has had 17 deaths. The total death toll in Bexar County now stands at 37.

5:32 p.m. | One of the San Antonio area’s largest hospital operators announced Wednesday that it’s furloughing about 3 percent of its workers. In a message to employees on Wednesday, Baptist Health System CEO Matt Stone said the furloughs are necessary to protect Baptist’s financial future. Despite the reductions, he said the system will remain ready for a potential surge of COVID-19 patients.

3:03 p.m. | Six more deputies at the Bexar County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Wednesday. The detention deputies were initially placed on leave, then tested for the coronavirus.

2:10 p.m. | Another resident of the Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has died from the novel coronavirus, officials said Wednesday. The San Antonio nursing home now has had 17 deaths. In total, 74 residents and 28 staff members have tested positive for the virus.

12:45 p.m. | The city of San Antonio has issued more than 1,600 warnings and 26 citations for violating the stay-at-home order, according to an enforcement report.

9 a.m. | Both advocates and opponents of a proposal to order a 20-percent cut in Texas oil production offered a stark view of the industry’s future at a hearing that ran more than 10 hours. While they disagreed on the long-term cure, most of the more than 50 witnesses agreed that more layoffs and oil company bankruptcies are coming in the weeks ahead.

7 a.m. | Using city data, two teams at the University of Texas at San Antonio have produced separate models projecting the local course of the coronavirus pandemic — and they vary significantly. Read about the models here.

April 14

9:50 p.m.| Wolff outlined efforts under way at the Bexar County Jail to contain a coronavirus outbreak. The facility has had eight inmates test positive.

9:45 p.m. | Computer modeling data that the city will begin posting on its website Wednesday predicts Bexar County may hit the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic at the end of the month.

6:15 p.m. | The confirmed number of COVID-19 cases jumped to 815 on Tuesday. The number of deaths related to COVID-19 stands at 33, with no new deaths reported.

3:30 p.m. The city of San Antonio has issued more than 1,600 warnings and 26 citations for violating the stay-at-home order, according to an enforcement report. Officials had received over 3,000 calls reporting violations as of Sunday.

12 p.m. | A federal appeals court has reopened access to early-stage abortions in Texas, reversing part of its own ruling a week ago and further eroding the state’s emergency abortion ban, which has become a rallying cause among social conservatives during the coronavirus pandemic.

10:40 a.m. | Five more inmates at the Bexar County jail have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of seven inmates, 14 deputies, and two civilian employees at the jail have tested positive for the virus, along with a maintenance worker and nurse assigned to the jail.

9 a.m. | The San Antonio Food Bank’s request for emergency state aid remains on hold in Austin, but the nonprofit received some good news when federal authorities confirmed that they would reimburse Texas if it provides much-needed help.

April 13

6:15 p.m. | As of Monday, Bexar County now has 794 COVID-19 cases — and another three have died from the virus, Mayor Rob Nirenberg said during the joint city-county briefing. One more was a resident of the Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, which now has seen 16 of its residents who have died after testing postive for novel coronavirus. The death toll stands at 33.

2:45 p.m. | A longtime San Antonio priest has died after testing positive for COVID-19. Patrick Terence Nolan, 78, retired from active ministry in February following decades as a pastor and administrator at the Archdiocese of San Antonio. He died on Easter Sunday.

12:20 p.m. | Officials in Comal County confirmed its fifth and sixth deaths related to COVID-19, as well as a 38th case of the disease. Both deaths were men in their 80s who had been hospitalized in San Antonio. One from Bulverde died Saturday and one from south of Canyon Lake died Sunday. The 38th case is a patient under 19 who lives south of Canyon Lake and is currently isolated at home.

10 a.m. | The spread of novel coronavirus has forced elected officials to try to strike a balance between open government and the need for everyone to keep their distance from each another — a key tool in slowing the spread of the virus but not conducive to public participation.

April 12

6:30 p.m. | Three more San Antonians have died from COVID-19, including a resident of the Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. A total of 15 residents of the nursing home have now died from the virus, representing half of all deaths in the county.

3:20 p.m. | Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Sunday that he has extended his Disaster Declaration for all Texas counties in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The order, originally issued on March 13, provided the state with resources to serve Texans in need during this pandemic. “By extending my Disaster Declaration, we are ensuring the state of Texas continues to have adequate resources and capabilities to support our communities and protect public health,” said Abbott.”

12 p.m. | Police patrolled the perimeters of Brackenridge and Woodlawn Lake parks, gently reminding people that the parks were off-limits during Easter, which is normally one of the busiest days of the year.

April 11

7 p.m. | County Judge Nelson Wolff reported that a second Bexar County jail inmate had tested positive for COVID-19. The inmate, who had been held on a capital murder charge since March 17, was housed in a single unit with minimal face-to-face contact with other inmates, Wolff said. This inmate was not housed in the same area as the first inmate who tested positive, so it’s believed the two cases are separate. As of Saturday, the cause of the infection was not yet known.

6:20 p.m. | The novel coronavirus shows little sign of slowing down in the San Antonio area as three more people died and another double-digit increase in the number of confirmed cases pushed the total to 723 on Saturday.

April 10

10:30 p.m. | An inmate at Bexar County Jail and 12 employees of the Sheriff’s Office have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Friday. Late Friday, Sheriff Javier Salazar said the 12 employees who tested positive include a communications dispatcher and 11 deputies who graduated earlier this month from the academy. The dispatcher likely contracted the virus from a family member and has been self-monitoring at home since March 31. Co-workers are believed to be at low risk of contracting the virus, officials said.

6:13 p.m. | The coronavirus continues to ramp upward in Bexar County with the number of confirmed cases jumping to 665 on Friday, an increase of 50 over the past 24 hours. Another two residents of the Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center died overnight, Mayor Ron Nirenberg said, pushing the total death toll in Bexar County to 24. There have now been 12 people who lived at the nursing center who have died as a result of COVID-19.

12 p.m. | H-E-B will deliver more than 75,000 chef-inspired meals to Texas hospitals during the next five weeks, according to the grocery store chain. Today, the H-E-B feed hundreds of healtcare workers at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in the San Antonio Medical Center.

11:07 a.m. | An inmate at the Bexar County Adult Detention Center has tested positive for the coronavirus, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said. After testing positive, the individual was placed in a negative pressure cell, where he is being isolated from other inmates.

10:30 a.m. | A coronavirus patient at Methodist Hospital | Stone Oak was the first in San Antonio to receive an experimental transfusion of blood plasma from a recovered donor. Dr. Rick Marple, chief medical officer for Stone Oak said  that the hospital’s sickest COVID-19 patients stand to benefit from convalescent plasma therapy, in the absence of other treatments.

April 9

6:30 p.m. |  The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bexar County leaped to 615 and two more San Antonians died as a result of the virus. The death toll now stands at 22.

12:10 p.m. | The cave-in of the San Antonio tourism industry prompted by the spread of COVID-19 has left a $100 million hole in the city’s budget. City Council members learned the news before they extended Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s stay-at-home order through April 30 by a 10-1 vote.

9: 15 a.m. | H-E-B announced that employees at three additional San Antonio locations tested positive for COVID-19. The company said all “directly affected” workers at each location have been notified.

April 8

6:20 p.m. | Coronavirus cases jumped to 554 in Bexar County. Deaths remain at 20. More than 80 of those confirmed with COVID-19 are in the hospital now.

6:05 p.m.  | Three employees at Kindred Hospital-San Antonio Central have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the hospital.

3:30 p.m. | Two additional Bexar County law enforcement employees have tested positive for coronavirus. The total officers affected are now eight.

2:30 p.m. | The City of San Antonio had to furlough 270 employees after taking a hit to tax revenues generated through the hotel tax. The layoffs are expected to last through July.

2 p.m.| Favor Delivery, an Austin company that H-E-B bought in 2018, is doubling its coverage area in Texas to provide delivery from more restaurants and stores, and expanding a program for senior citizens.

1:30 p.m. | A resident at a North Side assisted living facility has tested positive for COVID-19, according to San Antonio officials. Bruce Davidson, communications director for Mayor Ron Nirenberg, confirmed the case at Franklin Park TPC Parkway. Davidson said the case is not connected to Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where eight residents have died and at least 79 people have been infected by the virus. The facilities did not share any staff members.

9:30 a.m. | San Antonio soon will provide hotel rooms for up to 400 homeless people at high risk of contracting COVID-19 and will create overflow shelters for 200 more people as the city continues its efforts to slow the spread of the disease.

April 7

6:30 p.m. | Fearing its warehouse could be empty within three weeks from the strain of feeding tens of thousands more than it usually does because of the pandemic-fueled recession, the San Antonio Food Bank is seeking $12 million worth of help from the state. It’s the first time in its 40-year history the nonprofit has petitioned the state for aid.

6:15 p.m. | Confirmed COVID-19 cases shot up, with a total of 503 San Antonio area residents testing positive for the virus, Mayor Ron Nirenberg said at Tuesday’s briefing. Of those, 150 patients were infected by community transmission, while 179 cases were attributed to “close contact,” such as catching the virus from a family member. Travel-related cases totaled 124, while 50 cases remain under investigation, meaning the source of infection hasn’t been determined. On Tuesday, 88 were hospitalized. Of those patients, 51 remained in intensive care, while 40 were on ventilators.

2:30 p.m. | Five more residents of Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center have died after contracting coronavirus, bringing the total there to eight, city officials said Tuesday. One other person separately died of complications from the virus, bringing the city’s overall death toll to 18.

1:22 p.m. | A bus driver for VIA Metropolitan Transit has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, but she reportedly is experiencing no symptoms. The driver, whose name has not been released, last worked on Tuesday, March 31, and called in sick the next day, according to a statement released by VIA. She then got tested privately and was advised to self-quarantine pending the results. he received word on Monday that she had tested positive, the statement said.

10:40 a.m. | U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz wants the federal government to start distributing blood tests to find who has already been infected with the coronavirus — potentially without knowing it — and identify parts of the country heading toward herd immunity so people can return to work as soon as possible.

9:30 a.m. | Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to temporarily close all state parks and historical sites to strengthen social distancing efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.

April 6

6:13 p.m. | Mayor Ron Nirenberg said 456 people have now tested positive for COVID-19, up from 410 reported Sunday. The number of deaths stands at 12, he said. County Judge Nelson Wolff said he had extended the stay-at-home order for the county to April 30.

4:30 p.m. | Whataburger is laying off or furloughing an unspecified number of employees due to the coronavirus pandemic. The reduction affects workers at the San Antonio fast food chain’s corporate offices and in field support across the 10 states where it operates restaurants.

2:30 p.m. | An entire class of recently graduated Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies have been placed on administrative leave after one deputy tested positive for COVID-19, the department said Monday in a news release.

12 p.m. | Guadalupe County officials warned of possible COVID-19 exposures at businesses in Seguin. One of the patients who tested positive for the virus recently visited a Walgreens Pharmacy and a Walmart. The Texas Department of State Health Services is helping county officials identify anyone who was in close contact with the patient while the individual was sick, so they can be isolated, monitored for symptoms and tested if needed.

9:30 a.m. | Projections indicate it could take several more weeks for San Antonio’s outbreak to reach a crescendo. Dr. William Henrich, president of UT Health San Antonio, said epidemiologists suggest that patient volumes here could surge sometime in May or early June. After that, it could take months for the virus to abate. Here is a look at how San Antonio hospitals are preparing for the worst.

April 5

6:13 p.m. | The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bexar County rose to 410 Sunday and there was one new death, Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced at his daily briefing with County Judge Nelson Wolff.

8:00 a.m. | State troopers started stopping and screening travelers entering Southeast Texas from Louisiana on Sunday, in accordance with an executive order from Gov. Greg Abbot. Troopers stopped vehicles at a visitors center on Interstate 10 near Orange, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Houston, and required travelers to complete a travel form, said Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Stephanie Davis, who told KFDM-TV that no one was being turned back.

4:00 a.m. |  City and Bexar County hospital officials are gearing up to care for an increasing number of COVID-19 patients. Tents and trailers have been placed outside emergency rooms, staffers are being trained and reassigned from their normal duties, and facilities are being overhauled for COVID-19 patients. At Freeman Coliseum, a space normally used for concerts and events, hundreds of cots await possible overflow from hospitals.

April 4

6:20 p.m. |  City and Bexar County officials reported an increase of 42 COVID-19 cases for the San Antonio area Saturday for a total of 384 as the number of deaths also increased to 11 with two victims having succumbed to the deadly virus.

2:17 p.m. | An employee at an H-E-B Plus! store near Bandera and Loop 1604 tested positive for COVID-19, the company said in a statement Saturday.

1:30 p.m. | Employees working for a nursing home at the center of a localized outbreak of COVID-19 in San Antonio, which has infected at least 75 people so far and killed one, did not recently work at two other S.A.-area facilities identified by the nursing home to investigators, according to city health officials.

Methodist Specialty and Transplant Center and Baptist Emergency Hospital were included in a list provided to Metro Health by the administration of Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where some of their employees may have recently worked.

12:50 p.m. | Three additional cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Comal County, with two considered community spread, bringing the total number for the area to 21, and making the third consecutive day that three new cases were confirmed.

12:30 p.m. | The number of cases of COVID-19 in Kendall County increased by one overnight as officials reported a new travel-related case in Fair Oaks Ranch bringing the total number of cases for the area to nine. The individual reportedly had recently traveled internationally.

April 3

6:15 p.m. | Local officials reported a total of 342 confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday, but no new deaths. Mayor Ron Nirenberg noted the significant increase was due to the high number of cases reported at Southeast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, where there were 66 people who tested positive for the virus; one of them died earlier this week.

12:20 p.m. | In response to the COVID-19 outbreak at a San Antonio nursing home, Mayor Ron Nirenberg is prohibiting staff across the city from working at multiple nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The new measure intends to prevent the virus, which Nirenberg called “alarmingly contagious and very insidious,” from spreading to other facilities.

9 a.m. | For the first time during the crisis, the number of cases attributed to community spread — 82 — was higher than travel-related cases, which stood at 79.

April 2

6:13 p.m. | At Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 59 more residents have tested positive for the virus, Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. The number was a steep increase from Wednesday, when 14 people including staff were confirmed to have infections connected to the facility.

6:13 p.m. | Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced that there are now 254 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bexar County. That tally does not include new cases at the Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The grand total including the nursing home’s new cases is 313.

2:56 p.m. | San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg plans to extend the city’s stay-at-home order through the end of April as the numbers of cases here mount and the toll on the city’s budget becomes clear. The City Council is expected to vote to extend the order at its April 9 meeting. Nirenberg’s order would otherwise expire the next day.

1:44 p.m. | Trinity University announced that it will not require SAT or ACT test scores for three years worth of applicants for admission beginning with the fall 2021 class.

1 p.m. | A deputy working at the Bexar County jail has tested positive for COVID-19, officials said. The case appears to be a result of community spread, according to a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.

12:06 p.m. | A third San Antonio police officer tested positive for COVID-19, according to Deputy City Manager María Villagómez. The city is waiting for Metro Health to confirm the positive test, Villagómez said.

12:00 a.m. | Gov Abbott’s executive order goes into effect for all of Texas and requires all Texans to stay home except for essential activities. His order includes religious services as an essential service but requires that houses of worship practice social distancing.

April 1

6:18: p.m. | The number of COVID-19 cases in San Antonio hit 231 Wednesday as the number of local confirmed coronavirus cases in San Antonio stayed flat at nine.

5:30 p.m. | A San Antonio nursing home where a coronavirus outbreak has killed one person and infected at least 11 others was recently cited for infection control problems and neglecting a resident. Federal reports indicate that the 116-bed nursing home was already falling short of health and safety standards before the outbreak occurred. The facility recently received the lowest possible federal ratings — 1 out of 5 stars — for health and fire inspections, staffing levels and quality of resident care.

5:01 p.m. | An individual who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus visited a UPS Store in Boerne on Saturday and might have exposed others, authorities say.  The Texas Department of State Health Services and local officials are working to identify anyone who came into close contact with the patient while the person was sick, so those who were exposed can be isolated, monitored for symptoms and tested if needed.

4:41 p.m. | Hays County officials reported four new confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the county’s total to 42. None of the four new cases were travel-related.

3:20 p.m. | A part-time employee with Olmos Basin Golf Course was taken to a San Antonio hospital around 2 a.m. Monday with “Covid-19-like symptoms,” and the golf course has been closed by its management company until the worker’s test results are completed in three to five days. Starting Aril 2, clubhouses will close and fees are to be paid online or over the phone before golfers start their rounds at the seven other public courses managed by the non-profit Alamo Golf Trail.

1:30 p.m. | San Antonio officials have identified a coronavirus outbreak at a local nursing home that has killed one resident and infected a dozen people so far, said Fire Chief Charles Hood. The outbreak at Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 4302 Southcross, started on March 21, Hood said. Of those who have been confirmed to be infected, half are residents of the facility and half are workers there.

11:00 a.m. | Comal County reported its 12th case of COVID-19. The individual is in their 60s and has self-quarantined at home in the eastern area of the county, officials said.

9:30 a.m. |A second San Antonio police officer has tested positive for COVID-19. So far the 15-year veteran is recovering at home.

March 31

7:00 p.m. | Churches, synagogues and mosques in San Antonio and Bexar County can technically resume in-person religious services under Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest emergency order handed down Tuesday.

6:13 p.m. | Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced three more people have died from COVID-19 in Bexar County and that 207 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Bexar County an increase of 39 cases from Monday.

5:00 p.m. | Hays County officials reported 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the county’s total to 38.

4:30 p.m. | Guadalupe County officials reported two new COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the county’s total to 15.

3:00 p.m. | Kerr County reported its first case of coronavirus.

2:30 p.m. | Gov. Abbott extended school closures in Texas through May. His order closing schools was set to expire on Friday.

10:43 a.m. | Hays County reported two more positive COVID-19 cases, bringing its total to 24. Out of the 24 cases, six patients have recovered and 19 are believed to be from community spread, the county said in a news release.

March 30

8:30 p.m. |Citing national security, Defense Secretary Mark Esper had ordered military installations around the world to stop disclosing the number of novel coronavirus cases to the media and the public.  This is happening even though civilians who work on the base and live in the community are among the positive cases on JBSA.

8:00 p.m. | A VIA Metropolitan Transit employee who works in the security department has tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said. The employee last reported to work on March 23 at VIA’s Joint Law Enforcement Center on North Medina Street, according to VIA.

6:20 p.m. | The number of COVID-19 patients in Bexar climbed to 168, officials said Monday evening.

4:30 p.m. | A federal judge on Monday blocked the state’s emergency ban on abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.

2:25 p.m. | A sixth person in San Antonio has died from the novel coronavirus and a San Antonio police officer has tested positive for the virus.

12:35 p.m. | Comal County officials reported that a second person there had died from novel coronavirus. The number of confirmed cases climbed to 11.

7:27 a.m. | Tokyo organizers announced the rescheduled Olympics will take place for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year.

March 29

8 p.m. | A federal judge blocked the state’s emergency ban on abortions during the coronavirus outbreak. The order, issued by U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, says the ban violates a woman’s right to choose as outlined in the 14th Amendment. Yeakel granted a temporary restraining order as abortion providers seek to overturn the order issued by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

6:30 p.m. | Mayor Ron Nirenberg said while the confirmed cases of COVID-19 have increased, deaths have remained at 5 in Bexar County. But he said don’t be lulled by that number because they are bound to increase. He also said that he might shutdown parks if people continue to gather in them as people have been observed doing through the weekend.

5:30 p.m. | President Donald Trump is extending the voluntary national shutdown for a month as sickness and death from the coronavirus pandemic rise in the U.S. Earlier in the day Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases predicted that as many as 200,000 Americans could die from COVID-19.

4:30 p.m. | Gov. Greg Abbott increased restrictions on people entering Texas. The Texas Department of Public Safety will stop road travelers from Louisiana at or near entry points and order them to self-quarantine. The order does not include travel for commercial, military, emergency response, health response, or critical infrastructure purposes. It requires air travelers arriving from Miami, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, California and Washington state to self-quarantine.

3:00 p.m. | A member of the faculty and a student attending the University of Texas at San Antonio separately have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, said President Taylor Eighmy. Both had been traveling internationally.

March 28

6:30 p.m. | The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has grown to 140 in the San Antonio and Bexar County area.

March 27

6:13 p.m. | As of 6 p.m. Friday, 120 people in San Antonio have tested positive for the coronavirus, Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. About a quarter of them — 33 people — are hospitalized, he said.

5:13 p.m. | Tens of billions of dollars are on the way to Texas after President Donald Trump on Friday signed into law the largest stimulus package in the nation’s history, $2 trillion aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus and stemming its economic damage.

4:36 p.m. | Two historic hotels are shutting their doors for now as tourism in downtown San Antonio evaporates. The Crockett Hotel near the Alamo closed and furloughed its entire staff through the end of April. With restaurants, bars and attractions shuttered and people advised to stay home, occupancy was plummeting, said general manager Bill Brendel.

2 p.m. | The spread of the novel coronavirus led a federal judge to order convicted San Antonio oilman Brian Alfaro’s release from jail. Alfaro, found guilty last month on seven counts of mail fraud, suffers from multiple sclerosis — a disease that makes him more susceptible to the effects of COVID-19, his lawyer said in a court filing.

1:35 p.m. | The House rushed President Donald Trump a $2.2 trillion rescue package.While the full scope of the stimulus spending on Texas is still unknown, the state is on tap for at least $11.2 billion through a $150 billion coronavirus relief fund at the heart of the stimulus, which sends money directly to states and cities coping with the outbreak.

1:25 p.m. | The Crockett Hotel near the Alamo closed and furloughed its entire staff through the end of April. Struggling to make payroll, other hotels in San Antonio have also closed. The Hyatt Regency, Grand Hyatt and La Cantera Resort & Spa are temporarily shuttered.

1:22 p.m. | San Antonio has more than 100 coronavirus cases. The actual number is likely higher.

1:00 p.m. | Homeless shelters have been working to find ways to still safely help a vulnerable population that already was struggling prior to the pandemic, while trying to avoid an outbreak within their own crowded facilities.

12:22 p.m.| U.S. District Judge Fred Biery ordered Brian Alfaro’s release, saying he “deserves to go to prison for his crimes (but) does not deserve the death penalty in the local jail.”

10:05 a.m. | For bankrupt San Antonio retailer Gabriel’s Liquor, sales have about doubled over the past two weeks, in comparison with the same period a year ago, since President Donald Trump declared a national emergency.

9:00 a.m. | The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department temporarily closed Mustang Island State Park near Corpus Christi after it was notified that an employee might have COVID-19. The employee, however, is waiting for test results, TPWD said.

5:00 a.m. | Brig. Gen. Laura Lenderman is getting four hours sleep per night. She plays key local role in COVID-19 pandemic response: She commands Joint Base San Antonio, the nerve center for the military’s efforts to protect troops, families and the civilian work force in three major installations and the region itself.

March 26

9:26 p.m. | Comal County reported its first coronavirus death, a man in his 40s.

7:00 p.m. | Two more deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 in Bexar County. There are now a total of five deaths and 113 confirmed cases of coronavirus. That’s an increase of 29 new cases since Wednesday.

3:22 p.m. | Anyone flying into Texas from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or the city of New Orleans will be subject to a mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days or the duration of their stay, per a new executive order Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday meant to curb the spread of coronavirus.

3:15 p.m. | San Antonio City Council unanimously approved Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s stay-at-home order as expected, but also heard the unsettling news that the coronavirus crisis could lead to unemployment as high as 14 percent in the San Antonio area. At the height of the Great Recession of 2007-09, the worst San Antonio saw was 10 percent.

12 p.m. | The city of San Antonio launched a self-screening tool to help residents understand if they should seek COVID-19 testing. The tool, available on the city’s website in both English and Spanish, includes nine questions about the person’s symptoms and risk factors.

7:00 a.m. | On day 2 of San Antonio’s “stay at home” order, many businesses — that may or may not be considered “essential” — remain open. This includes adult shops, furniture stores and car washes.

March 25

8:07 p.m. | San Antonio spent its first day under the new stay at home, work safe order that urges San Antonians to stay home if they can in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.

8:02 p.m. | A coalition of abortion rights advocates announced it is suing Texas over its temporary ban on abortions during the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit comes as state officials force abortion providers to stop nearly all abortions through much of April, saying the move will free up needed hospital space and medical supplies. Abortion advocates have called the move a political ploy.

7:00 p.m. | San Antonio reported it’s third coronavirus death, a woman in her 50s. The county tallied 15 new cases Wednesday for a total of 84 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Bexar County.

6:30 p.m. | The Air Force reports its first case of coronavirus in a basic training recruit. It was the first trainee but the 24th airman to test positive for the illness in San Antonio. The numbers are separate from the totals being reported for Bexar County.

10:52 a.m. | Texas gun rights advocates are concerned that local governments issuing stay-at-home orders around the state are excluding gun manufacturers and retail stores as they set their own definitions of “essential” businesses. Rep. Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock, chair of the Ways and Means Committee, requested an opinion from the Texas Attorney General as to whether cities and counties could legally create a patchwork of regulations for those sales.

March 24

7:58 p.m. | Billionaire Tilman Fertitta said he has had to temporarily lay off 40,000 workers at his casino, hotel and restaurant empire to limit the economic damage caused by government-imposed shut-downs.

7:09 p.m. | A second person in San Antonio has died from the coronavirus, hours before city and county orders compelling residents to stay home were to go into effect.

4:35 p.m. | Northside and North East ISD, Bexar County’s biggest school districts, announced Tuesday afternoon that their school closures are extending to April 24, an additional three weeks.

4:16 p.m. | There are now 69 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bexar County, according to city officials. The updated totals show the number of community spread cases increased to 18 as of Tuesday, the previous number was 16.

1:15 p.m. | Bexar County school districts are expected to announce extended closures in response to the stay-at-home order issued by Mayor Ron Nirenberg.

11:36 a.m. | Golf courses are exempt from the latest measure taken by the City of San Antonio and Bexar County to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, a spokesman with the San Antonio Bexar County Emergency Operations Center said Tuesday.

March 23

9 p.m. | Texas’ lieutenant governor said that the U.S. should get back to work in the face of the global pandemic and that people over the age of 70, who the Centers for Disease Control says are at higher risk for the coronavirus, will “take care of ourselves.”

6:15 p.m. | Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff handed down the stay-at-home order — dubbed the “Stay Home, Work Safe Order”. Residents in San Antonio and the county’s suburban cities must stay home except to make essential trips, such as picking up groceries and medicine, getting gas or seeking health care.

4:42 p.m. | The number of coronavirus cases in San Antonio rose to 57 on Monday, as city and county officials ordered residents to stay home to help curtail further transmission of the virus.

1:15 p.m. | Bexar County and San Antonio officials are working out the details of an order mandating that residents stay home to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The order could come as early as today.

6:15 a.m. | Students and families who can’t get to several meal distribution sites across several San Antonio school districts will now be served by meals that come to them.

March 22

8 p.m. | Gov. Greg Abbott resisted ordering a statewide shelter-in-place to combat the spread of the new coronavirus, opting to leave that decision to cities and counties.

8 p.m. | Guadalupe County officials issued an alert, advising people who were at the H-E-B Plus in Schertz near the corner of Interstate 35 and FM 3009 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, March 16, that they may have been exposed to coronavirus.

5:36 p.m. |  San Antonio has recorded its first death from the coronavirus, city officials said. The patient, a woman in her 80s, was being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and had a history of underlying health issues. She died on March 21.

3:30 p.m. |  Six new coronavirus cases surfaced in Bexar County, bringing the San Antonio area total to 45, the Metropolitan Health District reported.

March 21

9:36 p.m. | Ten new coronavirus cases surfaced in Bexar County on Saturday, bringing the total to 39, the Metropolitan Health District reported.

March 20

7:30 p.m. | La Cantera Resort & Spa announced it will temporarily suspend operations including its spa and golf courses.


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