SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: See the full briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community on the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Friday night.
Nirenberg reported 72,31
The 7-day moving average of cases is 399.
Nirenberg said Metro Health is sending an emergency alert to residents at 6 p.m. 19 Friday to warn them of the tip and what they can do to be safe. He said this is the first time that a case load so high has been reported since mid-July.
City officials also reported that 444 patients are hospitalized, 141 are in the intensive care unit and 66 are in ventilators. There are 10% of manned beds available and 70% of fans available.
Nirenberg said there were 62 hospital admissions in the last 24 hours. He also said there are currently 65 COVID-19 patients from El Paso in hospitals in San Antonio.
Dr. Colleen Bridger, assistant mayor and interim Metro Health director, provided some context to help people understand the case numbers during the briefing. She said the majority of the new cases are reported between a 10-day period.
Bridger says the most important figure to look at is the 7-day moving average, giving a better understanding of the case load over the course of the week.
She also said the city is testing more now than it did at the peak in May, when there were more than 1,000 people in the hospital each day, which is good because it can help track and control the spread of contacts.
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