This article will be updated throughout the week with coronavirus case counts and other need-to-know information about the pandemic in San Antonio.
Hospitals at the brink: In the past 24 hours, San Antonio’s hospitals admitted 130 people with COVID-19, pushing the total number of infected patients to 1,439, six patients higher than the previous record that was set a week ago. Officials also reported 1,676 new cases on Sunday, plus 536 backlogged cases from more than two weeks ago.
As of Sunday, 436 patients with COVID-19 are receiving intensive care, up from 424 Saturday, and 244 patients need a ventilator to breathe, a slight increase from 241 Saturday.
COVID-19 update: Coronavirus cases continue to infect thousands of San Antonians daily, with 2,840 new cases and six new deaths reported by Metro Health on Saturday.
More than a third of hospital patients Saturday tested positive for the coronavirus, making up 1,394 patients — seven more than Friday. The most coronavirus patients hospitals have seen so far was 1,433 patients just a few days before on Jan. 11.
Severe risk: Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced 2,889 newly diagnosed coronavirus cases and six more deaths of people who tested positive for the virus. San Antonio’s new seven-day rolling average of cases has exceeded 2,000 for the first time and now stands at 2,041. The city’s risk level is classified as “severe.”
COVID-19 pandemic leads to layoffs: Frost Bank cut 68 jobs this week, its first layoffs in 20 years and said pandemic related recession was to blame. The layoffs were across all of the bank’s regions and departments, and it is unknown how many of them were in San Antonio.
COVID-19 numbers: The 1,829 cases added Thursday tipped the county’s total since the pandemic began to 140,614. Half of those cases — about 70,000 — have been reported within the last two months.
Yet the number of cases confirmed by positive test results represent just a fraction of the number of people currently infected across Bexar County. Assistant City Manager Colleen Bridger, San Antonio’s coronavirus czar, said Thursday that health officials estimate there are nearly 18,000 active infections this week alone.
Increasing deaths: Officials on Wednesday reported a staggering death toll of 25 residents killed by COVID-19, the second highest number recorded in a single day since the pandemic began. There were 1,378 new cases, down nearly 1,000 from the previous day’s tally of 2,303.
Cowboys Dancehall faces shutdown: The City of San Antonio has warned Cowboys Dancehall that it will shut the entertainment venue down if it receives another COVID-19 citation. On Monday, the dance hall, located at 3030 N.E. Loop 410, was given two citations for not adhering to safety guidelines set by the city, bringing its total to seven since the city’s emergency declaration went into place March 18 to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
COVID-19 numbers: Bexar County added 2,303 new COVID-19 cases — the second-largest daily number of new cases. Eleven more residents have died of the virus, officials reported Tuesday.
As case numbers and hospitalizations climb, University Health System is putting tighter restrictions on who can visit patients at University Hospital, allowing only visitors “deemed necessary to the patient’s care.”
COVID-19 numbers: San Antonio’s coronavirus hospitalizations continued on a frightening upward trajectory Monday, as officials reported a record number of pandemic patients for the seventh straight day.
Officials reported 1,585 new cases Monday and a rolling seven-day average of 1,769 cases per day. One new COVID death was reported on Monday.
New strain reaches Texas: A new strain of COVID-19 initially discovered in the United Kingdom and thought to be more contagious has been found in Nueces County, officials said Sunday. A Corpus Christi resident, a male between 60 and 70 years old, tested positive for variant B.1.1.7. The man returned from the United Kingdom in late December after traveling for a family emergency. He believes he contracted the virus there, officials said.
Shattering records: San Antonio officials reported 3,002 new cases Sunday — by far the most in one day.
The Texas Department of State Health Services announced Sunday that 234 vaccine providers across the state, including 28 “vaccination hubs” including San Antonio, will receive thousands of coronavirus vaccine doses this week, as local officials and providers have pleaded for additional doses to keep up with high demand.