SAN ANTONIO —
These are the facts:
Monday, April 13
Guadalupe County officials are confirming one more coronavirus case, bringing the total to 50.
Kendall County officials have confirmed their first coronavirus case caused by community spread. The total number of cases in the county is now 12.
Hays County officials are reporting their first coronavirus death, a woman in her 80s who was living with a family member in Buda. There are now 50 active cases in the county, and 42 have recovered.
Wilson County officials have reported their first coronavirus death. They have confirmed 11 coronavirus cases in the county, including one due to community spread.
Comal County has confirmed its fifth and sixth deaths related to COVID-19, as well as a 38th case of the disease.
Both deaths were men in their 80s who had been hospitalized in San Antonio; one from Bulverde died Saturday, and one from south of Canyon Lake died Sunday. They were included among the active cases confirmed by the county.
Goldman Sachs and the LiftFund are helping Texas provide $50 million in loans to small businesses to help during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott announced at a press conference on April 13. Abbott said that $25 million of these loans come from a partnership between Goldman Sachs and LiftFund.
The San Antonio Police Department shared their updated numbers for coronavirus cases within SAPD:
Sworn Officer COVID-19 positive – 5Officers in quarantine – 13Civilians in quarantine- 11Total SAPD Personnel Quarantined- 24
The latest numbers from Johns Hopkins University show there are 13,886 cases of coronavirus in Texas, and 296 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported.
The United States has 557,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of midnight ET Monday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been 22,079 deaths. There have been more than 2.8 million tests for COVID-19 in the U.S.
Delta Air Lines has implemented a back-to-front boarding procedure. During general boarding, passengers will be invited to board by rows, starting at the back. The airline says the change will prevent passengers from having to pass each other to get to their seats.
The measure will be in place through May 31, but that date could change depending on what is happening with the pandemic.
Have you checked your bank account? An extra $1,200 in the bank was a welcome surprise for many Americans over the weekend who weren’t expecting stimulus checks until this week. The first IRS payments were deposited several days ahead of schedule on Friday night. By Wednesday, April 15, tens of millions of Americans will have received their checks. Read more here and get the info you need to know.
Sunday, April 12
Val Verde County officials have confirmed a twelfth coronavirus case, this one attributed to community spread.
In their daily briefing on the coronavirus response, local leaders reported 49 more confirmed cases in Bexar County, bringing the total to 772. The number of COVID-19-related deaths has reached 30 after three more people passed away.
Hays County reports its confirmed cases are up to 89, after seven new diagnoses of the coronavirus in the community. Two in the county are currently hospitalized with the disease, and 24 have recovered.
Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation extending his Disaster Declaration for all Texas counties in response to COVID-19. The Disaster Declaration provides the state a number of resources to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
“By extending my Disaster Declaration, we are ensuring the state of Texas continues to have adequate resources and capabilities to support our communities and protect public health,” said Governor Abbott. “I urge all Texans to continue practicing social distancing and abide by the guidelines laid out by the CDC and my Executive Orders to slow the spread of COVID-19.”
Pope Francis celebrated Easter alone during the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Catholics around the world are forced to celebrate the most joyful day in the Christian calendar largely alone amid the sorrowful reminders of the devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.
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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 members
Use different utensils and dishes
Cover 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.