SAN ANTONIO —
For the updates from May 1, 2020, visit our coronavirus real-time update blog here.
These are the facts:
- There have been at least 28,087 cases of coronavirus in Texas and 782 reported deaths from COVID-19 as of 4:15 p.m. on April 30, according to Texas HHS.
- City leaders say there are 1,374 confirmed positive cases in San Antonio as of 6:15 p.m. on April 30. A total of 48 people have died related to the coronavirus, and 46.4 percent of people who had the virus have fully recovered.
- Governor Abbott's order for a "phased in" reopening of the Texas economy is already underway. You can find more information about that here. He also announced that schools will stay closed for the remainder of the school year.
- Per city orders, most San Antonians now have to wear a mask or cloth covering in public areas where social distancing is difficult or not possible. Click here for more information.
Thursday. April 30
Mayor Ron Nirenberg reported that an additional 48 cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Bexar County on Thursday, bringing the total to 1,374. Meanwhile, two new deaths from COVID-19 complications were reported, bringing the local death toll to 48. In all, 46.4 percent of county residents who have tested positive have recovered from the virus.
Three major airlines companies announced they would be following JetBlue's footsteps in requiring its passengers to wear face masks. For Delta, the new mandate begins Monday; for Frontier, May 8; and for American, May 11.
Pearl announced that several businesses will be reopening dining rooms and retail operations in the next week. Here's the list of what will open and when:
- Boiler House
- La Gloria
- Larder at Hotel Emma (patio)
- Supper at Hotel Emma
- Hiatus Spa and Retreat (retail only)
- LeeLee (by appointment only)
- The Sporting District
- Green Vegetarian Cuisine
- Adelante Boutique
- Dos Carolinas
Elected officials say more federal funding will be coming to help the San Antonio area in a variety of different ways. Senator John Cornyn announced that $6.3 million in coronavirus relief funds will go toward public housing in the area, and Congressman Henry Cuellar announced $423,975 for San Antonio's Senior Corps.
“The coronavirus outbreak has hit Texans hard, and as much as we can protect each other from its effects, we must,” said Sen. Cornyn. “I’m grateful to the Trump Administration for making public housing in the San Antonio area an important priority during the outbreak.”
“Senior Corps does incredible work in engaging older Americans in service projects that address community needs,” said Congressman Cuellar. “These funds will be used to support Senior Corps volunteers who are working hard to improve the well-being of our neighbors and families."
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said that a 53-year-old detention deputy died Thursday morning, and the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office said the death was due to complications from coronavirus. An autopsy is pending.
Salazar held a news conference with reporters via Zoom on Thursday afternoon to discuss the deputy's death. Timothy Delafunte was a 27-year veteran of the force and was found dead in the North Patrol Service area.
While there have been reports that some NBA owners are on the verge of writing off the rest of the 2019-20 season, Spurs CEO R.C. Buford said Thursday the Spurs remain "on board" to resume the campaign.
"Our position all along is we want to do what's right for the league and for the fans," Buford said. "Every indication we've had -- I just got off a (team) presidents' call -- every intention is to return to play and try to create the best environment we can for the league, the fans, and we're on board with that."
San Antonio and Bexar County's joint Stay Home, Work Safe mandates have been extended once again—this time through May 19.
Thursday, the San Antonio City Council voted to confirm the extension. Mayor Nirenberg and County Judge Nelson Wolff had announced the extension at Wednesday night's coronavirus live updates.
H-E-B has introduced new purchasing limits on meat in the San Antonio area as coronavirus strains America's food supply chain.
Customers will be limited to one package of ground beef and two total packages of either beef, chicken, pork, or turkey.
Comal County officials confirm the 55th case of coronavirus. The patient is a Bulverde resident in their 40s who is self-isolating.
VIA Metropolitan Transit announced an extension of fare relief through May 17. Fares have been suspended since March 21 to help reduce crowding when boarding.
Masks are required for passengers and staff, capacity has been reduced to encourage social distancing, and the schedule has been altered to continue providing essential service.
Officials with the City of Lytle have confirmed their first positive case of coronavirus. No further information on this case is available at this time.
A spokesperson for SAPD released the agency's most recent numbers of coronavirus-related cases:
April 30th, 2020
Sworn Officer COVID-19 positive -6
Officers in quarantine - 2
Civilians in quarantine- 1
Total SAPD Personnel Quarantined- 3
Weekly U.S. job losses from the coronavirus pandemic are expected to decrease when the latest numbers are reported Thursday, but is expected to bring the total to more than 30 million. The numbers for the week ending April 25 will be announced at 8:30 a.m. ET. Thursday.
There were more than 1,040,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States around 4:15 a.m. Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. death toll is almost 61,000, while over 124,000 people have recovered. Beyond 6 million tests for COVID-19 have been performed in the U.S.
Worldwide, there have been more than 3.2 million cases with 227,000 deaths and 970,000 recoveries.
Wednesday, April 29
Mayor Ron Nirenberg reported that an additional 19 cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Bexar County on Wednesday, bringing the total to 1,326. Meanwhile, two new deaths from COVID-19 complications were reported, bringing the local death toll to 46. In all, about 45 percent of county residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered from the virus.
Bexar County authorities announce the number of jail inmates confirmed to have the coronavirus jumped to 98 on Wednesday, an increase of 34 new cases over Tuesday.
The city and county issued a joint update saying that the ongoing Stay Home, Work Safe order will be extended through 11:59 p.m. on May 19, meaning that residents older than 9 years old must continue to wear face coverings while practicing social distancing wherever possible and all businesses not allowed to reopen under the governor's latest mandate remain closed.
While national cinema chains have indicated they will remain closed for the time being, some local theater companies, including Santikos, say they will welcome back moviegoers at select locations in the coming days while adhering to state orders of limited occupancy and health protocols.
H-E-B says it will be extending a temporary $2 pay raise for its hourly employees through May 24. The self-styled "Texas Proud Pay" initiative was originally announced in mid-March, and has now been extended twice.
Officials in Comal County say they plan to let the county's current stay-home order expire on Thursday en route to allowing some businesses to begin operating once again, in accordance with the state's plan announced on Monday.
"Our order will expire as scheduled on Thursday, and the county will continue to follow the governor's direction," County Judge Sherman Krause stated in a press release.
That plan calls for allowing retail stores, restaurants and theaters, among other businesses, to begin operating on Friday, if they so choose. However, they must maintain an occupancy maximum of 25% as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
County leaders are still urging residents to practice social distancing whenever they can, as well as to continue covering their face while in public settings.
Toyota announced that they will be pushing back the ramp up of their North American manufacturing operations from the week of May 4 to the week of May 11. That includes the San Antonio plant where they build pickup trucks.
"Toyota intends to gradually resume its manufacturing operations in compliance with federal health and safety guidelines, and local and state ordinances where our facilities are located," they said via email.
The Mayor of Floresville's office confirmed a total of three coronavirus-related deaths at the Frank M. Tejeda Veterans Home.
The office reports 14 residents and eight staff members in total have tested positive for the virus.
The mayor's office says five of the eight staff members live in Wilson County.
Comal County officials confirmed two additional cases, bringing the total to 54. 36 people in the county have recovered and six have died, leaving twelve active cases with three patients currently in the hospital.
There has been an increase in break-ins at local salons while businesses are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Two hair salons were broken into recently, including D'Anthony Salon Spa at 410 and Alamo Heights. That salon was hit on April 20th. Exactly one week later, Joyez Salon Spa on Bandera was burglarized. Full story here.
The San Antonio Police Department gave the following update on coronavirus cases:
April 29th, 2020
Sworn Officer COVID-19 positive -6
Officers in quarantine - 2
Civilians in quarantine- 3
Total SAPD Personnel Quarantined- 5
President Donald Trump said his administration is considering requiring travelers on certain incoming international flights to undergo temperature and virus checks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“We’re looking at doing it on the international flights coming out of areas that are heavily infected," Trump said Tuesday at the White House. “We will be looking into that in the very near future."
Trump said it has not been determined yet whether the federal government or the airlines would conduct the testing. “Maybe it's a combination of both," he said.
There have been more than 1,012,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States as of 4 a.m. ET Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. death toll is more than 58,000 while nearly 116,000 have recovered. Nearly 5.8 million tests for COVID-19 have been performed in the U.S.
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.
The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.
Human coronaviruses are usually spread through...
- The air by coughing or sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.
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.
Lower your risk
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- The CDC recommends wearing a mask or cloth face covering if you have to be out due to an essential service or essential activity such as going to the grocery store.
- If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.