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San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced 291 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.
The additional cases bring the total cumulative of Bexar District to 43,455. The seven-day average of new cases is now at 259 cases per day.
Nirenberg also confirmed 26 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing the death toll to 545. The new deaths were investigated between June 12 and August 11. The mayor said 261 deaths remain under investigation.
Officials announced that 710 residents of Bexar District have been hospitalized due to COVID-19, up from 720 on Tuesday. Of those patients, 309 are in the intensive care unit and 213 patients are in ventilators.
Nirenberg says while the number of hospitals is moving in the right direction, it is moving very slowly.
As of Wednesday, 15% of hospital beds with staff and 52% of fans are available in Bexar County.
The Health Care System Stress rating is now “high”.
Nirenberg said the South Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) will present an updated COVID-19 model sometime this week. He said the new model will launch in late September.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said he issued a new county order Wednesday to close county parks for Labor Day weekend. He said the parks will close from 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 4 until 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 7. He said the order is similar to those issued for Easter and the holiday weekends of July 4 this year to keep people safe.
Although hospitalizations have steadily improved in Texas, there is still reason to worry.
According to the State Department of Health Services, on Tuesday, the average number of positive cases over the past seven days rose to 24%, the highest figure since the pandemic began.
Meanwhile, testing in Texas has dropped below 30,000 for the first time since June, which officials said may be due to a drop in demand.
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