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Latest Coronavirus Numbers
Here are the latest numbers reported by Bexar County and state officials:
Bexar County (data as of Tuesday, August 24):
- 1,254 additional COVID-positive cases were reported Tuesday; the seven-day moving average of new cases dropped to 1,174 cases per day. The total number of cases rose to 275,167.
- The county's death toll rose to 3,772 on Tuesday after five new deaths were reported, along with 36 backlogged deaths. In the last seven days, the county has reported 46 new deaths due to COVID-19.
- 1,418 Bexar County residents are currently hospitalized. Of those, 245 are on ventilators and 407 are in intensive care. County leaders this week said around 88% of hospitalized COVID patients are unvaccinated.
Texas (data as of Tuesday, August 24):
- 20,701 cases were reported Tuesday, including 15,516 new confirmed, 5,185 new probable, and 25 backlogged cases. More than 3.472 million Texans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
- 199 additional deaths were reported, raising the statewide death toll from virus complications to 54,222.
- 13,666 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients were hospitalized across Texas, as of Tuesday, and the state currently has 365 total 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.
- 1,367,288 Bexar County residents have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, representing 82.3 percent of the county's population eligible to receive a vaccination.
- 1,102,506 Bexar County residents are fully vaccinated, representing 66.4 percent of the county's population eligible to receive a vaccination.
- 265,782 Bexar County residents have not yet received their second vaccine dose.
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, 13.218 million residents are fully vaccinated, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. In total, the state has administered 28 million vaccine doses, as of August 19. Texas is in the middle of the pack among the rest of the states, with between 42 to 58 percent of its population fully vaccinated, as of August 18:
Progress and Warning Indicators
Bexar County's positivity rate dropped by 4.5 percentage points, to 16.9%, as of August 17.
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.