Great King! Phil Bakke.
My phone is starting to ring again. Not a good sign. People have stories of exposure to people who have tested positive for Covid-19. We were worried if throngs gathering together would bring a rise in cases and it appears to have although the numbers are modest so far. I met with a hospital administrator yesterday who said his hospital saw a 25% rise in hospitalizations due to Covid 19 which is about what it has been citywide. Here is a summary of the weekly report from TPR.
Latest Bexar County Updates
The City of San Antonio reported a 7-day average of 126 cases on Wednesday, an increase of 20 daily cases compared to last week’s average. The total number of cases since March 2020 is now 228,638. The city has added more than 1,100 new cases to its total tally in the last 7 days,
The city has confirmed 21 deaths since last week — 4 of which are considered “news. ”There have now been 3,571 total deaths reported in the community.
There are 155 COVID-related patients hospitalized as of this Wednesday, including 54 in intensive care and 18 on ventilators. The hospital population has increased by 36 patients since last week. The city will update its COVID-19 case data with new information every Wednesday.
The City of San Antonio has fully vaccinated more than 993,000 residents, as of June 30 — about 59.8% of the eligible population. More than 1.2 million people have received at least 1 dose, about 73.7% of the eligible population.
The number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Texas has shown a slight up-trend since late last month.
The Department of State Health Services reports more than 1,721 hospitalized patients as of Wednesday — the small downtick after a series of increases. State hospitalizations for COVID-19 peaked at more than 14,000 in January.
More than 2.55 million cases of the coronavirus have been reported in Texas since March 2020.
Remember, if you are fully immunized and are exposed to someone with Covid 19 you don’t have to isolate or get tested unless you develop symptoms.
The challenging question which is still unanswered is if you have cold symptoms and have been immunized, do you need to be tested? There certainly has been an upswing in viruses, like RSV, since people reduced mask wearing and social distancing. Fortunately, all the patients with cold symptoms that I have tested have been negative.
Remember, vaccination isn’t perfect, but it’s the best protection. It is widely available. If you know someone who hasn’t been vaccinated encourage them to do so.