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Latest Coronavirus Numbers
Here are the latest numbers reported by Bexar County and state officials:
Bexar County (data as of Thursday, Nov. 18):
- 157 additional COVID-positive cases were reported Thursday; the seven-day moving average of new cases is up to 220 per day, compared to 168 a week ago. The total number of cases rose to 325,477.
- The county's death toll remained at 4,945 on Thursday after no new deaths were reported.
- As of Thursday, 152 Bexar County residents are hospitalized after 24 new admissions were reported in the past day. Of the 152 patients, 9 are pediatric coronavirus cases. 23 patients are on ventilators, while 54 are in intensive care.
Texas (data as of Thursday, Nov. 18):
- 5,038 cases were reported Thursday, including 4,192 new confirmed, 802 new probable, and 44 backlogged cases. More than 4.282 million Texans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
- 138 additional deaths were reported, raising the statewide death toll from virus complications to 71,982.
- 2,692 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients were hospitalized across Texas as of Thursday; that includes 69 pediatric COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the state. The state has 693 adult ICU beds and 93 pediatric ICU beds available.
More county case information is available through the Texas Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard.
Vaccine Progress in Bexar County
The following numbers are provided by San Antonio Metro Health. A full breakdown can be found here.
- 1.575 million eligible Bexar County residents have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Thursday, Nov. 18, representing 83.1% of the county's population eligible (those over the age of 4) to receive a vaccination.
- 1.309 million eligible Bexar County residents are fully vaccinated as of Thursday, Nov. 18, representing 69.1% of the county's population eligible to receive a vaccination.
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.
Across Texas, 15.750 million residents are fully vaccinated, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. In total, the state has administered 35.04 million vaccine doses, as of Thursday, Nov. 18.
Texas is in the middle of the pack among the rest of the states, with between 48 to 64% of its population fully vaccinated, as of Nov. 18.
Progress and Warning Indicators
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
- Get vaccinated
- Wear a mask
- 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.
Here's a Testing Sites Locator to help you find the testing location closest to you in San Antonio.