COVID-19 Live Blog: As Bexar County Jail Tests More Inmates, Total Number Of Cases Rises


Texas Public Radio is updating the latest information on COVID-19 in the San Antonio area, along with how local businesses are adjusting, how you can help those in need and what you can do to stay entertained at home. TPR is also providing live updates on the Rio Grande Valley.

Here’s what we know …

Saturday, May 2

9:00 a.m. — National Guard teams help set up testing sites

Six mobile teams of National Guard members were dispatched across the city this week to establish testing centers in underserved areas.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg said one testing center was already planned for the Frank Garrett Center, south of Woodlawn Lake. He said it should be open for testing on today, tomorrow, and Tuesday and Wednesday.

He added that other sites would follow.

“They’re scouting the proper sites that are in alignment with the health transition team’s guidance in terms of where we need assistance in those areas that are not getting enough,” he explained.

8:30 a.m. — More tests at jail push up Friday count

Metro Health officials reported 1,477 local cases of COVID 19 as of Friday, an increase of 103 cases in one day.

But Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said the big jump was due to increased testing at the county jail, a hotspot for the virus.

“Out of that 103, 91 were at the jail, which means out in the community there were only 12 positives. That is the lowest number we’ve had since we started. So that’s a positive sign,” he said.

No new deaths were reported, and the death toll stands at 48. There have been 683 recoveries.

Friday, May 1

6:35 p.m. — Total confirmed cases up more than 100 from yesterday

Mayor Ron Nirenberg reported 1,477 confirmed cases of COVID-19 today; that number is up 103 from yesterday. County Judge Nelson Wolff explained that the jump is due to the increase in testing being done at the Bexar County jail. Of the 103 new cases, 91 are inmates.

At the jail, Wolff explained that even asymptomatic inmates are being tested, which he connected to the high number of positive cases. In total, there have been 157 cases at the jail; 10 people have recovered.

There have been 45 more recoveries, bringing the total to 683. The total number of deaths remains at 48, with no new deaths today.

Nirenberg reported an uptick in the number of positive cases in area hospitals, a total of 60. Forty-two are in intensive care — up five from yesterday — and 21 are on ventilators.

According to Nirenberg, Gov. Greg Abbott plans to deploy 50 operations for mobile testing run by the Texas National Guard. The groups’ training is in San Antonio and will be completed by tomorrow. Of the 50, six will be deployed in San Antonio.

6:13 p.m. — Watch Friday’s daily briefing

To read Friday’s entire COVID-19 brief, click here.

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