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Coronavirus Tracker: 7,023 new cases reported Monday as omicron continues to spread

Hospitalizations, however, may be starting to level off.

SAN ANTONIO — More than 7,000 new coronavirus cases were reported by Bexar County health authorities Monday, along with a backlog of 524, as the highly contagious omicron variant continues to prolong the COVID-19 pandemic. It's the 22nd day this year that Metro Health reported a tally of at least 3,000 new diagnoses, after just one such day in all of 2021. 

A total of 459,248 Bexar County residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began. 

Hospitalizations, however, have started to plateau after increasing every day for nearly four weeks. On Monday, 1,257 San Antonio-area patients were receiving treatment for their symptoms, after 1,263 were hospitalized last Thursday. 

Between Monday and Thursday and last week, total hospitalizations increased by 134. 

The number of patients in intensive care (266) is also down slightly, as is the number of patients using ventilators to help them breathe (123). The development comes after local leaders and health care officials warned against worsening virus spread on Friday, emphasizing the importance of staying COVID-cautious and getting vaccinated. 

Three more virus-related deaths were reported by Metro Health on Monday, raising the pandemic total for Bexar County to 5,047. 

Meanwhile, a federal testing site continues to operate in the Alamodome's Lot C until Feb. 4. 

How Bexar County is trending

Credit: KENS
Credit: KENS

Vaccine Progress in Bexar County

The following numbers are provided by San Antonio Metro Health. A full breakdown can be found here.

  • 1.699 million eligible Bexar County residents have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Thursday, Jan. 13, representing 89.7% of the county's population eligible (those over the age of 4) to receive a vaccination.
  • 1.383 million eligible Bexar County residents are fully vaccinated as of Thursday, Jan. 13, representing 73% of the county's population eligible to receive a vaccination.
Credit: KENS

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 total number of coronavirus cases in the state since the pandemic began grew by 38,924 on Monday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. That total includes 33,779 new confirmed cases and 5,145 new probable cases. More details can be found on this page.

Monday's figures bring the total number of Texans diagnosed with COVID-19 to more than 5.973 million.

An additional 29 Texans have died from virus complications, meanwhile, raising the statewide death toll to 76,904.

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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