The seven-day COVID-19 random average fell to a new low in 2022 on Tuesday after 544 infections were reported.
SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County’s COVID-19 risk level was officially downgraded to the “Moderate” threshold for the first time since the beginning of the year on Tuesday, as the community continues to recover from its massive rise in cases in January.
Metro Health reported 544 new infections, which despite being higher than Monday’s numbers, brought the seven-day incidence average down to 385, a new record low for 2022 in the county. The positivity rate also fell below 10% for the first time all year; it is now at 9.7%.
Hospital admissions, meanwhile, also fell for a 15th day in a row. On Tuesday, there were 469 patients receiving treatment for COVID-19 at local hospitals; the figure has fallen by 26% over the last week.
Of these 469 patients, 132 are on intensive care and 65 use ventilators.
Three more virus-related deaths were also reported by Metro Health on Tuesday. A total of 5,234 residents of Bexar County have died from COVID-19 complications, while more than 521,000 have been diagnosed.
Community Labs announced they are closing some San Antonio COVID-19 test sites as demand falls. Three remain open so far during the week.
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Vaccine Progress in Bexar County
The following numbers are provided by San Antonio Metro Health. A complete breakdown can be found here.
- 1.743 million Qualified residents of Bexar County have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Thursday, February 17th.
- 1.42 million eligible residents of Bexar County are fully vaccinated from Thursday, February 17th.
The CDC states that “when a high percentage of society is immune to a disease (through vaccination and / or previous disease),” that society will have reached herd immunity, “making the spread of this disease from person to person unlikely. “
The City of San Antonio divides vaccination rates by zip code on Metro Health’s Vaccination Statistics page.
Coronavirus in Texas
The total number of cases of coronavirus in the state since the pandemic began grew by 5,858 Tuesday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The total number includes 4,084 new confirmed cases and 1,774 new probable cases. More details can be found at this side.
Tuesday’s figures bring the total number of Texans diagnosed with COVID-19 to more than 6,523 million.
A further 192 Texans have died of viral complications, meanwhile, raising the state-wide death toll to 82,627.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The symptoms of coronavirus can look like 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 odor, 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 from the Centers for Disease Control in China showed that 80 percent of the cases were mild.
However, infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Elderly people with underlying health conditions are most at risk.
Experts determined that there was consistent evidence that 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 condition (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplantation
- Severe heart disease, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathy
- Sick cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- The CDC believes that symptoms can occur anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.
Human coronavirus is normally spread …
- Between people who are in close contact with each other (within about 6 feet).
- Through airway droplets formed when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. These drops may land in the mouth or nose of people nearby or may be inhaled into the lungs.
- Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not show 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 plates
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
- If you use a napkin, throw it in the trash.
Find a test site
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, stuffy nose or runny nose , nausea or vomiting or diarrhea.
Here is a location of test sites to help you find the test site closest to you in San Antonio.