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Coronavirus Tracker: Hospitalizations in San Antonio have doubled in the past week

Facts not fear: KENS 5 is tracking the latest numbers from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in San Antonio and across Texas.

SAN ANTONIO — We're tracking the latest numbers from the coronavirus pandemic in San Antonio and across Texas. Here are the latest numbers reported by Bexar and surrounding counties: 

  • Bexar County: 274 new cases were reported Monday. There is a total of 7,156 cases and 97 fatalities. 446 patients are in local hospitals, and 124 are in intensive care.
  • Comal County: 40 new confirmed cases were reported Saturday, along with eight probable cases. The combined total has now risen to 346 confirmed cases with and additional 58 probable cases. Seven people have died in the county, while 157 have recovered. The county's positivity rate is up to 7.11%, the highest since April 23.
  • Hays County: 160 new cases Monday, bringing the total to 1,871 cases and five fatalities in the county. 54% of the country's confirmed cases are people between the ages of 20 and 29.

Here are Monday's full numbers. Bexar County reports them daily at 7 p.m. 

How Bexar County is trending:

We're tracking how many coronavirus cases are confirmed in Bexar County each day from the time San Antonio Metro Health began reporting cases more than two months ago. Graphing those daily case numbers along a 14-day moving average provides an accurate picture of the curve in the San Antonio area and the direction we're heading amid the coronavirus.

Mayor Nirenberg reported 274 additional cases on Monday. The past seven days have brought the seven largest daily increases in new confirmed cases in the county.

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The number of coronavirus patients currently in area hospitals continued its exponential increase over the past 14 days. The city's website said there are now 446 patients in local hospitals, a jump of 40 since Sunday. The number of patients in San Antonio area hospitals has doubled in the last seven days and more than quadrupled in the last two weeks. 

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There are now 124 patients in the ICU and 60 on ventilators, both slight decreases from record highs yesterday.

Coronavirus in Texas

Cumulative cases in Texas jumped by 3,280 Monday according to state health officials, bringing the total to 114,881. This was the seventh day in a row with at least 3,000 new lab-confirmed cases reported. Before Tuesday, there were zero such days for Texas.

Here's a look at the 14-day moving average of the new daily coronavirus cases in Texas:

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10 more deaths from virus-related complications were also reported, for a total of 2,192.

Meanwhile, hospitalizations in Texas jumped by 302 since Sunday, bringing the total number of Lone Star State residents currently in hospitals with coronavirus to 3,711. This is the eleventh day in a row with a new record high for Texas patients in the hospital.


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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.

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.

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.