Facts not fear: KENS 5 is tracking the latest headlines and updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
SAN ANTONIO —
These are the facts:
There have been at least 73,553 cases of coronavirus in Texas and 1,819 reported deaths from COVID-19 as of 4:00 p.m. on June 6, according to Texas HHS. It is estimated that 48,895 Texans have recovered from the virus.City and county leaders say there are 3,290 confirmed positive cases in Bexar County as of 7 p.m. on June 6. A total of 78 people have died from the coronavirus in the county.Governor Abbott’s order for a “phased in” reopening of the Texas economy got underway Friday, May 1, and further phases are expected. You can find more information about that here.Per city orders, most San Antonians are being asked to wear a mask or cloth covering in public areas where social distancing is difficult or not possible. Click here for more information.
NEW DAILY CORONAVIRUS CASES IN BEXAR COUNTY:
We’re tracking how many coronavirus cases are confirmed in Bexar County each day from the time San Antonio Metro Health began reporting cases more than two months ago. Graphing those daily case numbers along a 14-day moving average provides an accurate picture of the curve in the San Antonio area and the direction we’re heading amid the coronavirus.
The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is saying thank you to blood donors in a big way; blood donors will receive free coronavirus antibody testing.
One of the most at-risk group for COVID-19 are our elderly loved ones. Here are some tips for keeping engaged with elderly loved ones during this time.
Making care packages of handwritten notes with words of encouragement, Vitamin-C, paper products, cleaning products, and comfort foods (the more nutritious, the better!)Organize window walks with your local community to stop by seniors’ homes and wave or hold up signs outside.Hold regular video calls on Zoom/FaceTime/Skype, but make sure to send an easy-to-follow instruction guide ahead of the call or talk through how to use the software over the phone
Metro Health reported an additional 147 cases of coronavirus Saturday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Bexar County to 3,290. No new deaths were reported; there have been a total of 78 fatalities from the virus. Meanwhile, 1,961 residents have recovered from COVID-19.
There have been at least 73,553 cases of coronavirus in Texas and 1,819 reported deaths from COVID-19 as of 4:00 p.m. on June 6, according to Texas HHS. It is estimated that 48,895 Texans have recovered from the virus.
Aquatica San Antonio reopened to guests on Saturday with a new reservation system that provides access to the park’s wave pool, lazy river, rides, and slides.
Park President Byron Surrett said it will help manage crowd size to ensure that guests can have a fun day out with their family while staying safe.
As rallies continue across San Antonio and the rest of the United States in the wake of the George Floyd killing, protesters are balancing the fight for racial justice with the coronavirus’ spread. Protesters in many cities have filled the streets, with most demonstrators wearing masks – but images show some have not.
Read more here: Protesters balance fight for racial justice with coronavirus’ spread
Travis County health officials have seen a sharp increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases over the past seven days. With 440 new positive cases reported from Saturday, May 30 through Friday, June 5, the number represents the biggest seven-day increase in positive cases since the outbreak began.
The World Health Organization broadened its recommendations for the use of masks during the coronavirus pandemic. it is now advising that in areas where the virus is spreading, people should wear fabric masks when social distancing is not possible, such as on public transportation and in shops.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are a total of 6,759,2210 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide. There have been a total of 395,331 deaths related to coronavirus.
In Texas, there have been 1,209,187 people tested, with 71,613 cases reported, 1,788 fatalities, and 47,865 recoveries.
An estimated 21,960 cases are still active.
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The symptoms of coronavirus can be similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80 percent of the cases there were mild.
But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk.
The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.
Human coronaviruses are usually spread through…
The air by coughing or sneezingClose personal contact, such as touching or shaking handsTouching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.
Help stop the spread of coronavirus
Stay home when you are sick.Eat and sleep separately from your family membersUse different utensils and dishesCover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
Lower your risk
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.The CDC recommends wearing a mask or cloth face covering if you have to be out due to an essential service or essential activity such as going to the grocery store.If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.