COVID-19 Vaccine progress for San Antonio, Texas – May 6, 2021

Facts, not fear: We’re tracking the latest coronavirus numbers and vaccination efforts across the San Antonio area.

SAN ANTONIO — We’re tracking the latest numbers from the coronavirus pandemic as well as the vaccine efforts in San Antonio and across Texas.

Need a vaccine appointment? Click here for the latest information on local vaccine distribution with our ongoing Vaccine Tracker.

Vaccine Progress in Bexar County

Across Bexar County, just over 1.399 million vaccine doses have been administered, as of May 7. 

798,499 Bexar County residents have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, representing 51.4% of the county’s population eligible to receive a vaccination.600,677 Bexar County residents are fully vaccinated, representing 38.7% of the county’s population eligible to receive a vaccination.197,822 Bexar County residents (12.7%) have not yet received their second vaccine dose.

The Department of State Health Services defines “population” as residents who are 16 years of age or older; in Bexar County, this represents more than 1.55 million people. The CDC states that “when a high percentage of the community is immune to a disease (through vaccination and/or prior illness),” that community will have reached herd immunity, “making the spread of this disease from person to person unlikely.”

88,482 vaccines were administered last week in Bexar County, according to DSHS; a total of 1,345,693 million vaccine doses have been administered in the county since vaccination efforts began 19 weeks ago.

Across Texas, 8.329 million residents are fully vaccinated. In total, the state has administered 18.960 million vaccine doses, as of May 3. Texas is in the middle of the pack among the rest of the states, with between 28% to 36% of its population fully vaccinated, as of May 5:

Latest Coronavirus Numbers

Here are the latest numbers reported by Bexar County and state officials:

Bexar County (data as of Friday, May 7):

113 new cases were reported, bringing the total number of cases to 219, deaths were reported; the county’s death toll rose to 3,381.220 patients currently hospitalized; 41 are on ventilators and 73 are in intensive care.

Metro Health reports new data at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Texas (data as of Saturday, May 8):

2,190 cases reported, including 1,445 new confirmed, 504 new probable, and 241 backlogged cases. More than 2.903 million Texans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began.45 additional deaths were reported, raising the statewide death toll from virus complications to 49,572.2,508 Texans were hospitalized Thursday, which is a decrease of 60 over the previous day.

More county case information is available through the Texas Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard.

Bexar County COVID-19 Trends

This week’s update of the Warning Signs and Progress Indicators for Bexar County saw Bexar County holding steady at the low-risk level for another week. The positivity rate, however, rose by more than half a percentage point to 2.6%, as of Monday, May 3.

The county’s seven-day moving average of daily COVID-19 is 205 cases per day, marking the 15th straight day where that number has been greater than 200. That number is down 60 since Monday.

Coronavirus symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus can be similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea, 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.

Experts determined there was consistent evidence these conditions increase a person’s risk, regardless of age:

Chronic kidney diseaseCOPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)Obesity (BMI of 30 or higher)Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplantSerious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathiesSickle cell diseaseType 2 diabetesThe CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.

Human coronaviruses are usually spread… 

Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

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.

Find a Testing Location

City officials recommend getting a COVID-19 test if you experience fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

A self-screening tool is available to see if you need a test.

Here’s a Testing Sites Locator to help you find the testing location closest to you in San Antonio.

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