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Seven more novel coronavirus deaths reported in San Antonio; worries increase

San Antonio Express News logo San Antonio Express News 7/15/2020 By Silvia Foster-Frau, Staff Writer
Visitors to Six Flag Fiesta Texas wear masks and maintain social distance as they dangle from the Joker Carnival of Chaos pendulum ride on June 19. The novel coronavirus continues its deadly course; another seven deaths were reported Wednesday. Amusement parks are exempt from state and local orders prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people, designed to help keep the virus from spreading, but visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear masks and must keep at least 6 feet away from others not in their household. Everyone in Bexar County must wear masks when they’re out in public. © Eric Gay /Associated Press

Visitors to Six Flag Fiesta Texas wear masks and maintain social distance as they dangle from the Joker Carnival of Chaos pendulum ride on June 19. The novel coronavirus continues its deadly course; another seven deaths were reported Wednesday. Amusement parks are exempt from state and local orders prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people, designed to help keep the virus from spreading, but visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear masks and must keep at least 6 feet away from others not in their household. Everyone in Bexar County must wear masks when they’re out in public.

There were slightly fewer people with COVID-19 in San Antonio hospitals Wednesday, but another seven residents died with the virus.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg said the deceased were five men and two women with ages ranging from the 40s to the 80s.

The Bexar County death toll is at 208. There have been deaths every day, most days have seen multiple deaths, since the end of June.

“I believe it is probably at the highest level it’s been since we started and that’s really scary,” said County Judge Nelson Wolff. “I’ve lost two friends since Friday.

“It’s hard getting through this.”

The number of new cases was lower than it has been in recent days; there were 479 new novel coronavirus cases reported Wednesday, pushing the total since the pandemic started to 21,546. Tuesday there were 854 new cases and there were more than 500 new cases on each of the previous three days.

Local leaders have joined other leaders from municipalities from across the state as well as Texas health officials in urging Gov. Greg Abbott to reinstate stay-at-home orders, given the high positivity rate in the state and the low percent of hospital beds available.

Positivity rate in Bexar County is now at 24.2 percent, meaning nearly 1 in every 4 people who is tested for the deadly disease tests positive.

The resurgence of cases occurred soon after Memorial Day weekend and the state’s reopening, directed by Abbott, despite public health officials’ appeals to wait.

Wednesday, there were 1,231 people with COVID-19 in San Antonio hospitals, down six from Tuesday. But more were in intensive care and on ventilators. Nirenberg said 438 were in intensive care, up from 417 Tuesday, and 274 were on ventilators to help them breathe, up from 260 on Tuesday.

That leaves 11 percent of staffed hospital beds available in the city and 43 percent of ventilators available in the city.

Just one month ago, about a quarter of the beds were still available for patients.

Local leaders warned that about a third of coronavirus patients at the hospitals did not have underlying conditions, so residents who are physically healthy should not consider themselves protected from the disease’s harm.

Silvia Foster-Frau covers immigration news in the San Antonio, Bexar County and South Texas area. To read more from Silvia, become a subscriber. sfosterfrau@express-news.net | Twitter: @SilviaElenaFF

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