This article will be updated throughout the week with coronavirus case counts and other need-to-know information about the pandemic in San Antonio.
The total includes 317 new COVID-19 cases reported Monday, as well as 151 from Saturday and 253 from Sunday.
Local transmission of the virus has remained stable for the past month as the winter surge has receded and vaccinations among residents have climbed.
No new deaths were reported Monday. Fifty-eight backlogged deaths ranging from December 28 to March 23 pushed San Antonio’s death toll from the pandemic to 3,280.
San Antonio reported 249 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, a decline of 68 since Sunday but more than health officials had hoped for as vaccinations have increased.
Bexar County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez said during the daily coronavirus briefing that the Metropolitan Health District would administer 20,000 vaccinations next week, an increase of 7,000 over previous weeks.
He urged residents to be cautious over the long holiday weekend. Rodriguez pointed out that after previous holidays, including Memorial Day, July Fourth, Thanksgiving and Christmas, daily case counts and hospital admissions shot up after a two-week lag.
After months of hand-wringing and vigorous disagreement between elected officials and city health leaders, San Antonio will become the last major Texas city to establish a sign-up portal for scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations.
Not everyone will be able to use it at first — despite the fact that every adult in Texas is now eligible to receive the vaccine. For now, only seniors will be eligible to sign up for appointments through the new portal.
The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to set up a system, widely referred to as a “registry” or “waiting list,” that will allow residents to sign up and be notified when a vaccination appointment becomes available — a capability other Texas cities like Austin, Houston and Dallas have had for months.
Overnight camping won’t be allowed in city parks again this year, Mayor Nirenberg announced Monday at a daily briefing of the COVID-19 virus in San Antonio. The parks will be open during the day however.
Transmission of the coronavirus in San Antonio continued to fall Monday as the eligibility of vaccines expanded to all Texas adults.
The positivity rate, or the percentage of people tested for the virus who turn out to be infected, dropped to 2.1 percent Monday, officials said at the daily city-county coronavirus briefing.
Officials reported 159 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Bexar County since the pandemic began last March to 205,258. Officials reported no new deaths Monday.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg reminded San Antonio residents on Sunday to continue engaging in safe practices to slow the spread of the coronavirus as city officials reported an uptick in new cases.
The 317 newly reported cases are the most reported in one day since March 11 and more than two times the number of cases reported Saturday.
The rolling seven-day average of new cases now stands at 184, up from 166 on Saturday. That figure was 368 one month ago and 1,459 two months ago.