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Fewer than 300 hospitalized with COVID-19 in Bexar County for first time in 93 days | Track the numbers

KENS 5 is tracking the latest numbers from the coronavirus pandemic as well as the vaccine efforts in San Antonio and across Texas.

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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, Oct. 19):

  • 261additional COVID-positive cases were reported Tuesday; the seven-day moving average of new cases is 262 per day. The total number of cases rose to 318,317.
  • The county's death toll rose to 4.735 on Tuesday after 2 new deaths were reported along with backlog of 79 deaths from August 18-September 29. 
  • As of Tuesday, 297 Bexar County residents are currently hospitalized after 25 new admissions were reported in the past day.11 of those patients are pediatric COVID-19 cases. 59 patients are on ventilators, while 121 are in intensive care. 85% of hospitalized COVID patients are unvaccinated.

Texas (data as of Tuesday, Oct. 19):

  • 7,266 cases were reported Tuesday, including 4,964 new confirmed, 1,782 new probable, and 520 backlogged cases. More than 4.172 million Texans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
  • 196 additional deaths were reported, raising the statewide death toll from virus complications to 698,196
  • 4,953 lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients were hospitalized across Texas, as of Tuesday; that includes 100 pediatric COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the state. The state has 712 adult ICU beds and 137 pediatric ICU beds available.

More county case information is available through the Texas Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard.

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Vaccine Progress in Bexar County

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

  • 1.516 million eligible Bexar County residents have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, representing 90.7% of the county's population eligible to receive a vaccination.
  • 1.263 million eligible Bexar County residents are fully vaccinated, representing 75.6of the county's population eligible to receive a vaccination.
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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, 15.152 million residents are fully vaccinated, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. In total, the state has administered 32.293 million vaccine doses, as of October 12. Texas is in the middle of the pack among the rest of the states, with between 47 to 63% of its population fully vaccinated, as of October 13.

Progress and Warning Indicators

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.

Yes, delta variant symptoms are slightly different than original COVID-19 strain symptoms 

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.

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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