Facts, not fear: We’re tracking the latest numbers from the coronavirus 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: On Monday, 1,348 new cases were reported, bringing the total number of cases to 184,784. No new deaths were reported, so the local death toll remains at 2,362.
- Hays County: On Tuesday, officials reported 114 new cases in the county and two additional COVID-related fatalities. As of Tuesday, there are a total of 15,709 lab-confirmed local cases, while the death toll increased to 200. Officials estimate 13,877 residents have recovered, while 1,632 are still ill with the virus.
- Comal County: On Tuesday, officials reported 92 new cases and no additional COVID-related fatalities. There are a total of 8,571 cases, including 4,480 confirmed and 4,075 probable cases, while 269 county residents have died due to COVID-19 complications. The county estimates 7,714 residents have recovered, while 588 are still ill with the virus.
More county case information is available through the Texas Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard.
Stay updated with our latest information on coronavirus vaccines and local vaccine distribution with our ongoing Vaccine Tracker.
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.
On Tuesday, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg reported an additional 1,348 coronavirus cases in Bexar County, raising the local total to 184,784 diagnoses since the pandemic began. The seven-day moving average for daily new cases increased slightly to 935.
No new deaths were reported by Nirenberg on Tuesday, and so the local death toll from virus complications remains at 2,362.
Hospitalizations continued heading in the right direction – downward – on Tuesday, with 884 county residents receiving treatment for their symptoms at local facilities. That’s the first time local hospitalizations have been under 900 since Dec. 21, and 884 is the lowest that figure has been since Dec. 20.
Of those 884 patients, 198 are on ventilators and 341 are intensive care; both figures are down from Monday.
Coronavirus in Texas
The total number of novel coronavirus cases in the state since the pandemic began grew by 13,523 on Tuesday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. That total includes 10,378 new confirmed cases, 2,588 new probable cases, and a backlog of 557. More details can be found on this page.
Tuesday’s figures bring the total number of Texans diagnosed with COVID-19 to more than 2.504 million.
Meanwhile, state health authorities reported another 301 deaths from coronavirus complications in Texas. In all, 39,001 Texans have died from COVID-19.
The number of COVID-19 patients receiving treatment for their symptoms throughout Texas stood pat at 9,401 on Tuesday, following 13 straight days of declining levels. Still, 9,401 is the lowest that the overall COVID-19 hospitalizations figure has been for the Lone Star State since Dec. 13.
The state, meanwhile, estimates that about 2.125 million Texans have recovered, while 322,999 Texans remain ill with COVID-19.
The latest update from the Texas Education Agency showed that there have been at least 162,723 cumulative cases among staff and students on Texas public school campuses through January 31. That number comprises 104,365 positive student cases and 58,358 staff cases. More information can be found here.
The TEA releases new data on school cases on Fridays.
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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.
Experts determined there was consistent evidence these conditions increase a person’s risk, regardless of age:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Obesity (BMI of 30 or higher)
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 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 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.
Find a Testing Location
City officials recommend getting a COVID-19 test if you experience 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, or diarrhea.
A self-screening tool is available to see if you need a test.
San Antonio operates several no-cost testing locations, including two walk-up locations open Monday-Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.:
Cuellar Community Center
5626 San Fernando St.
San Antonio, TX 78237
Ramirez Community Center
1011 Gillette Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78224
Additionally, Freeman Coliseum offers drive-through no-cost testing from Monday through Sunday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. An appointment is required and can be made either online or by calling (833) 213-0643.
Here’s a Testing Sites Locator to help you find the testing location closest to you in San Antonio.