COVID-19 cases are still on the rise in San Antonio, despite the fact that the number of completely vaccinated people is slowly increasing. During today’s COVID-19 meeting, Metropolitan Health District Director Claude Jacob said there were 1,340 new illnesses and seven new deaths as of Thursday evening, including two municipal employees. The total number of COVID-related deaths in Bexar County has now reached 3,710.
As of Thursday, there were 1,597 instances and 1,382 total COVID-19 patients in area hospitals, with 212 new admissions, according to Jacob. There were 22 pediatric cases among the new admissions. The vaccine is still not available to children under the age of 12.
In the ICU, there are 371 COVID patients, with 253 on ventilators. COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated in about 87 percent of cases. According to Jacob, 200 COVID-19 patients are admitted to surrounding hospitals daily. Area hospitals received 295 nurses to help manage the spike of COVID-19 patients, according to County Judge Nelson Wolff, and he expects 315 more to arrive soon.
San Antonio presently has 65.9% of its eligible population fully vaccinated, and 81.1 percent of the population has received their first vaccine dosage. The rate of positive was maintained at 16.9%.
Despite Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against San Antonio ISD Superintendent Pedro Martinez, Wolff said the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals maintained San Antonio’s injunction on Thursday. SAISD has mandated the use of masks by students and staff, as well as the vaccination of all employees.
Over 50 senators signed and delivered a letter to Governor Greg Abbott today, urging him to ensure that public schools receive full funding regardless of whether students attend in person or electronically. Martinez was hailed as a hero by Wolff for sticking up for children’s safety, and he had a few words for people who oppose mask laws because they believe their rights are being abused.