Latest coronavirus updates for San Antonio and Texas, November 24

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Facts, not fear: KENS 5 is tracking the latest numbers from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in San Antonio and across Texas.

SAN ANTONIO — We’re tracking the latest numbers from the coronavirus pandemic in San Antonio and across Texas. Here are the latest numbers reported by Bexar and surrounding counties: 

Bexar County: 1,127 new cases were reported Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 75,718. Two new deaths were reported, raising the death toll to 1,337.Comal County: The county reported 60 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and two new virus-related deaths. There have been a total of 4,418 reported cases of COVID-19 in the county – including 3,150 lab-confirmed cases – while 127 county residents have died. County officials say there are 403 active coronavirus cases, and 3,888 residents are considered recovered. Hays County: Officials in Hays County on Monday reported 82 new cases in the county and three additional COVID-related fatalities. As of Monday, there are a total of 7,042 lab-confirmed cases in the county (735 of which are active), while the death toll rose to 99. 6,208 residents have recovered from the virus.

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


How Bexar County is trending

We’ve tracked how many coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Bexar County from the time officials began reporting cases in March 2020. The graphic below shows the number of cases since June and charts those daily case numbers along a 7-day moving average to provide a more accurate picture of the overall coronavirus case curve in our area and the direction we’re trending amid the pandemic.

Mayor Nirenberg reported 1,127 new cases Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 75,718. The seven-day moving average shot up to 669 new cases per day.

The City updated their coronavirus numbers, revealing the weekly positivity rate has increased to 10%, which the county classifies as severe. Last Tuesday, the Community Response Coalition recommended Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff to close bars if the COVID-19 community percent positivity is equal to or exceeds 10% for two consecutive weeks. Prior to the recommendation, Bexar County was at a 9.4% coronavirus positivity rate.

Metro Health urged San Antonians to avoid indoor gatherings with people outside of your immediate family.

“If you don’t heed the warnings this Thanksgiving holiday, you or your loved ones could be spending Christmas in the hospital,” Nirenberg said Monday.

Two new deaths were reported, raising the death toll in the county to 1,337. 

Hospitalizations continued to rise, with 513 patients currently in area hospitals. Of those, 86 are on ventilators and (173) are in intensive care. All of those numbers are slight increases over Monday.


Coronavirus in Texas

The total number of novel coronavirus cases in the state since the pandemic began grew by 14,392 on Tuesday according to the Texas Department of State Health Services, including 13,998 new cases. That’s the largest single-day increase of new cases in the state.

The rest are cases attributed to backlogs that were previously not included in the state’s total. (More details can be found at the top of this page.)

As of Tuesday, 1.16 million Texans have contracted COVID-19.

State health authorities also reported 162 additional virus-related deaths on Tuesday. At least 20,750 Texans have died from COVID-19 complications.

The number of COVID-19-related hospital patients jumped by 142 on Tuesday up to 8,495, the highest it has been since August 4.

Since the start of October, the number of Texas hospitalizations has increased by 166%. Meanwhile, the state estimates that 927,331 Texans have recovered, while 169,826 Texans remain ill with COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the latest update from the Texas Education Agency showed that there have been 50,420 cumulative cases among staff and students across the state through Nov. 15. More information can be found here.

The TEA releases new data on school cases every Thursday.

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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.

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 diabetes

The 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


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