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COVID Tracker: San Antonio's risk level improves for the first time in three months

A fewer amount of new infections were reported this week, and hospitalizations dropped as well.

SAN ANTONIO — Bexar County health officials have downgraded the risk level for COVID-19 in the San Antonio area to the lowest threshold for the first time since Dec. 20, when an uptick in hospitalizations forced the community to be on guard over the holidays. 

But numbers have steadily decreased since then and the appropriate indicators have improved as the country enters the last stages of the coronavirus pandemic's worst. Still, an additional 51 virus-related deaths over the last week – 49 of them classified as backlogged deaths – pushed the county across the 6,000-fatality mark, highlighting that the coronavirus will remain a mild threat for the foreseeable future.

Metro Health reported 1,065 new infections for the week starting March 1 and ending on March 7, bringing the seven-day case average down to 152 from 177 a week ago. This week there were 115 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms, down from 140 last week. The number of patients in intensive care dropped by half this week, to 18. 

More than 693,000 coronavirus cases have been officially tallied by Metro Health, while at least 6,016 residents have died from virus-related complications since the pandemic began. 

The next pop-up, no-cost vaccine clinic for residents is scheduled for Saturday on the east side. 

How Bexar County is trending

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Vaccine progress in Bexar County

The following numbers are provided by San Antonio Metro Health via this page. 

  • 74.1% of eligible Bexar County residents (those over 6 months of age) are fully vaccinated as of Feb. 14.
  • 13.9% of eligible Bexar County residents (those over 5 years of age) have received a bivalent booster as of Feb. 14.

The CDC states that "when a high percentage of the community is immune to a disease (through vaccination and/or prior illness)," that community will have reached herd immunity, "making the spread of this disease from person to person unlikely."

The City of San Antonio breaks down the vaccination rates by zip code on Metro Health's Vaccination Statistics page.

Coronavirus in Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services transitioned to weekly COVID-19 reports at the start of 2023, with new data arriving every Wednesday. 

For the week of March 2 to March 8, the state reported 12,384 cases; that total includes 7,244 new confirmed cases and 5,140 new probable cases. More details can be found on this page

Those figures bring the total number of Texans diagnosed with COVID-19 to more than 8.35 million

Meanwhile, 102 additional virus-related deaths were reported for the last week in Texas. The statewide death toll stands at 91,765. The positivity rate stands at 9.46%, down from 10.64% last week.

Coronavirus symptoms

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.

Here's a Testing Sites Locator to help you find the testing location closest to you in San Antonio.

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