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COVID Tracker: San Antonio reports nearly 800 new cases after spring break

It's a slightly higher tally this week for San Antonio, but hospitalization admissions remain low.

SAN ANTONIO — Health officials in Bexar County are reporting a slightly higher tally of new COVID-19 cases this week, potentially as a result of March spring break travel. 

Metro Health tallied 791 infections for the week starting on March 22 and ending March 28, raising the seven-day case average for the San Antonio area to 113 from 85 the week prior. 

Hospitalizations also slightly increased from 69 to 79 patients receiving treatment for their COVID symptoms this week. But new admissions remain minimal, which is partly why the local risk for coronavirus spread remains at "low" and "improving."

Metro Health says its next pop-up, no-cost vaccine clinic is set for Saturday on the far southwest side. 

More than 696,000 coronavirus cases have officially been recorded in Bexar County since the pandemic began, while at least 6,183 residents have died from virus complications. 

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. 

  • 74.2% of eligible Bexar County residents (those over 6 months of age) are fully vaccinated as of March 14.
  • 14.4% of eligible Bexar County residents (those over 5 years of age) have received a bivalent booster as of March 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 23 to March 29, the state reported 9,719 cases; that total includes 4,989 new confirmed cases and 4,730 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 8.45 million

Meanwhile, 79 additional virus-related deaths were reported for the last week in Texas. The statewide death toll stands at 92,018. The positivity rate stands at 7.79%, up slightly from 7.68% 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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