San Antonio still counting new COVID cases by the hundreds


Nov. 30, 2020Updated: Dec. 1, 2020 7:12 p.m.

1of17FILE – In this July 27, 2020, file photo, nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y. Moderna Inc. says it will ask U.S. and European regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection.Hans Pennink/APShow MoreShow Less


Lisa Torres, left, goes to another patient after assisting a COVID-19 testing in the ER at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital Medical Center, on Tuesday, July, 14, 2020.

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Mayor Ron Nirenberg and County Judge Nelson Wolff offer the daily update on local status of the Covid-19 pandemoic on Nov. 23, 2020

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Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra, left, along with Emergency Management Coordinator Alex Villalobos hand out some of the 5,000 N95 masks to motorists and walk ups at the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos on Nov. 18, 2020

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Dr. Thomas Patterson talks with Christopher Morin, a COVID-19 patient in University Hospital on June, 2, 2020.

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Sophomore Monique Perez, a member of the cheer team and track team at Somerset High School, performs a coronavirus test at Somerset High School on Wednesday, participating in a pilot program for mass testing developed by the startup non-profit Community Labs.

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Covid Nurse Tracie Sandoval tends to a patient in one of four covid units at Methodist Hospital. San Antonio has had a massive influx of coronavirus patients into its hospital, on Thursday, June, 25, 2020.

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The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, commonly referred to as STAAR tests, have been administered in the state’s public schools since 2012. (Paul Buckowski / Times Union)

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A COVID-19 patient, already hooked up to a respirator, is rushed to a room that was prepared in the ER at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in the Medical Center on July 20. The spread of the novel coronavirus appears to be slowing in Bexar County, but officials caution that it took less than 10 days to double the number of people in the hospital from 518 to 1,019 after restrictions were loosened in June and more than two months to get back under 500.

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Mayor Ron Nirenberg speaks to the media during a press briefing on the Coronavirus in San Antonio, Texas, U.S., on Monday, August, 10, 2020.

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Alex Campos, left, Michael Saathoff, and Kyle Urias toast at The Winchester pub as the establishment opened its doors for the first legal drinks in a San Antonio bar in nearly two months at 12:01 am on Friday, May 22, 2020. County officials say they will close bars that don’t serve food again if the county reaches a positivity rate of 10 percent or higher and stays there for two weeks. The rate was at 9.4 percent Monday.

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Hospitals and health care workers across San Antonio were dealing with a surge of COVID-19 patients, starting in June and July. University Hospital in San Antonio is poised to perform double lung transplants for those people whose lungs were irreparably damaged by the coronavirus.

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Election worker Diana Hernandez gets a COVID-19 test Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, at the Bexar County Elections Department. More than 900 election workers and volunteers signed up for the tests.

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Personnel prepare to conduct a COVID-19 test at the Texas Med Clinic Southwest drive-thru testing site of SW Military Drive, Thursday, June 25, 2020.

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In this file photo, two students walk into school on the first day of classes at a Boerne ISD school. Hondo ISD announced Monday that all students must return to in-person learning.

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Castle Hills Elementary School third grade teacher Elisabeth Myers connects with students virtually this summer (the school is year-round). Some parents want the choice to go back to school right away.

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Workers investigate reports of COVID-19 this summer at the Alamodome. To bolster local contact tracing, offer training and aid the community, hire student health workers for this job.

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This article will be updated throughout the week with coronavirus case counts and other need-to-know information about the pandemic in San Antonio. 

December 1

S.A. still seeing new COVID case counts in the hundreds: The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District reported 452 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, less than half of the startling number reported after the long holiday weekend. The city’s rolling seven-day average for new cases dropped from 830 Monday to 736 Tuesday.

The health authority also reported five additional deaths Tuesday: two Hispanic women, one in her 30s and another in her 50s; two Hispanic men, one in his 60s and one in his 90s; and an Anglo man in his 60s.

S.A. schools ranked: Just four San Antonio schools should be considered “pandemic proof” according to non-profit think tank Children at Risk, which analyzes Texas public school data.

November 30

For the third time in a week, San Antonio has reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus infections on a single day, as health officials issued new recommendations Monday urging residents to avoid spending time indoors with anyone outside their household.

November 28

COVID-19 update: Coronavirus cases in Bexar County continue a steady climb; San Antonio Metropolitan Health District reported 629 new cases Saturday, pushing the total to 78,411.  The city also reported one death, bringing the area’s death toll to 1,344 Saturday. Local hospitals were treating 548 coronavirus patients Saturday, 66 of those being new admissions.


Mark Dunphy is a breaking news reporter and general assignment writer. Follow him @m_b_dunphy.

Priscilla Aguirre is a general assignment reporter. Follow her work @CillaAguirre.

Madalyn Mendoza is a proud San Antonio native and reporter for Keep up with her work and what’s buzzing in San Antonio @MaddySkye.

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