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COVID-19 updates: The number of novel coranavirus cases in San Antonio were revised by Metro Health on Sunday, dropping to 41,082, but the number of deaths grew by 16, according to daily figures.
In all, the number of COVID-19 cases in Bexar County more than tripled in July alone.
COVID-19 updates: The novel coronavirus eased its grip on San Antonio as Metro Health reported 374 new cases and three deaths in its daily update Saturday. That brings the total of COVID-19 cases in Bexar County to 41,177 and deaths to 352. Today also marks five straight days of decline in the number of people with the disease in San Antonio hospitals.
COVID-19 updates: Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced 550 new cases of COVID-19 and two fatalities. That brings the cumulative number of patients diagnosed with the virus to 40,803 since the pandemic began in mid-March. Bexar County’s death toll from the virus now stands at 349. The number of patients hospitalized continues to drop with encouraging consistency, especially since hospitals were nearing their breaking point little more than two weeks ago. On Friday, 926 COVID-19 patients were being cared for in San Antonio hospitals, down 39 from 965 Thursday.
S.A. clinics taking volunteers for experimental vaccine: Two sites in San Antonio near the South Texas Medical Center — Diagnostics Research Group and Clinical Trials of Texas are seeking volunteers for COVID-19 vaccines. Clinical Trials of Texas is one of two facilities currently enrolling adult participants in two-year trials of drugmaker Moderna’s mRNA-1273 vaccine and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer’s trio of experimental COVID-19 vaccines, which the pharmaceutical giant developed with BioNTech of Germany.
Abbott reiterates guidelines for school reopenings: Gov. Greg Abbott said in a prepared statement Friday that the power to open schools lies solely with local school boards and that school districts that choose to close buildings for a deep cleaning, if COVID-19 is confirmed on campus, will continue to be funded so long as it is no more than 5 days. Once open school districts have eight weeks to transition to in-person lessons. Some schools will be allowed to delay in-person instruction by more than eight weeks on a case by case basis, the statement said.
COVID-19 updates: The San Antonio area is again seeing a rise in novel coronavirus activity, with five more deaths reported Thursday and 1,323 new cases pushing the total past the 40,000 mark. But the hospitalization numbers continued to drop, going below 1,000 for the first time in a full month, a sign that things are improving slowly.
Abbott’s approval erodes: Approval for Gov. Greg Abbott’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic continues to erode, according to a new poll from a consortium of universities. The survey, conducted through Sunday by Harvard, Northeastern, Rutgers and Northwestern universities, found that 38 percent of Texans approve of the governor’s response to the health crisis, a steep decline from the 61 percent who were supportive in a similar poll in late April.
COVID-19 updates: Coronavirus infections remain widespread in Bexar County, where officials on Wednesday reported 946 new cases and 7 more deaths from COVID-19. Hospital data, however, showed the continuation of an encouraging trend, with 1,007 people hospitalized, down from 1,045 on Tuesday.
COVID-19 updates: Twelve more people have died of the novel coronavirus in Bexar County as the San Antonio area added 1,546 more cases of COVID-19, officials said Tuesday. The local death toll now stands at 335. The total number of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic in early March has grown to 37,984.
Texas school closures: Texas public school districts risk losing state funding if they shut down campuses solely in response to closure orders issued by local health officials, the Texas Education Agency announced Thursday.