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Coronavirus Tracker: School risk remains at moderate level as positivity rate stays about 5 percent

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: 98 new cases were reported Monday, bringing the total number of cases for the county to 63,426. Two new deaths were reported, bringing the county's death toll to 1,230. 
  • Comal County: The county reported 16 additional cases – comprised of 10 new cases and six backlogged cases – and no additional virus-related deaths on Friday, the last day the county reported numbers. There have been a total of 3,642 cases of COVID-19 in the county – including 2,822 confirmed cases – while 120 county residents have died. County officials say there are 107 active coronavirus cases, and 3,415 residents are considered recovered.
  • Hays County: Officials in Hays County on Monday reported six new cases in the county and two additional virus-related deaths. As of Monday, there are a total of 6,161 lab-confirmed cases in the county (661 of which are active) while the death toll rose to 63. 5,437 residents have recovered from the virus.

How Bexar County is trending

We've tracked how many coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Bexar County from the time officials began reporting cases in March 2020. The graphic below shows the number of cases since June and charts those daily case numbers along a 7-day moving average to provide a more accurate picture of the overall coronavirus case curve in our area and the direction we're trending amid the pandemic.

On Monday, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg reported an additional 98 cases in Bexar County, bringing the total to 63,426. The county's moving average for newly reported cases over a seven-day span has dropped to 159. Additionally, Nirenberg reported the county's positivity rate remains at 5.8%. 

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The death toll, meanwhile, rose by two; in all, 1,230 county residents have died from virus complications.

On Monday, 193 county residents were receiving treatment for their symptoms in the hospital. Of those, 36 patients were using ventilators and 84 were in intensive care.

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Bexar County's COVID-19 Risk Level remains low, Nirenberg said. The school risk level remains at moderate, based on the positivity rate being above 5 percent.

Coronavirus in Texas 

The number of Texans who have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began grew by 4,748 on Monday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

2,273 of those are new diagnoses over the last 24 hours, while the other 2,475 cases stem from a number of backlogs in several counties. More details can be found at the top of this page.

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In total, 828,527 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Texas.

State health authorities reported eight additional virus-related deaths on Monday. At least 17,022 Texans have passed away from COVID-19 complications.

Meanwhile, COVID-19-related hospitalizations rose throughout the state Monday. 93 more Texans were receiving treatment for COVID-19 than Sunday, bringing the total to 4,319. Since the beginning of October, hospitalizations have risen by over a thousand.

The state estimates that 729,762 Texans have recovered, while 82,930 Texans remain ill with COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the Texas Education Agency updated its online coronavirus database to show that there have been 15,898 cumulative cases among staff and students across the state as of Oct. 15. More information can be found here.

The TEA releases new data on school cases every Thursday.

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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.

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

  • 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.