‘COVID-19 still lurks’ mayor warns as Metro Health reports 5 new coronavirus deaths, 145 cases

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District reported 145 new coronavirus cases Saturday, 32 more than those reported Friday, bringing Bexar County’s total case count to 58,184.

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Just last Saturday, Bexar County was at 54,295 cases. That means a 7 percent increase in a week, but a majority of the increase is attributed to backlogged cases, with Metro Health reporting 2,794 last Sunday and an additional 469 cases Tuesday — 207 of which were also backlogged.

Five new San Antonian deaths were reported Saturday, including a Black woman in her 60s; men in their 70s — one Hispanic and one white; a white man in his 80s; and a man in his 50s whose ethnicity was not listed. Each of the deceased had underlying health conditions.

The Bexar County death toll now stands at 1,143 deaths.

“With 5 more deaths occurring within the last two weeks, we have to remember that COVID-19 still lurks within our community,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said Saturday. “We have a long road to a viable cure or vaccine. Wear a mask and stay vigilant this weekend, San Antonio.”

San Antonio hospitals were treating 191 coronavirus patients Saturday — five fewer than was reported Friday, and 37 fewer than what was reported a week ago. Of those in the hospital system, 81 are in intensive care units — five more than yesterday — and 34 are on ventilators to help them breathe.

Testing sites

In an effort to screen more people, the city will expand its free testing Monday to include people who don’t show any symptoms of the virus.

Testing for asymptomatic patients will be limited. On Monday, tests will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Cuellar Community Center, 5626 San Fernando St.

Tuesday, asymptomatic patients can get tested from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Ramirez Community Center, 1011 Gillette Blvd.

Wednesday, testing will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston St.

Walk-up testing is also available every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cuellar and Ramirez Community Centers for people who have symptoms.

Testing is also available every day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Freeman Coliseum, but an appointment is required.

To make an appointment if you are asymptomatic, call 830-391-8559. All others wanting to get tested must call 833-213-0643 to make an appointment.

The three testing sites will start offering daily asymptomatic testing starting Oct. 12.

Area report

The city of Laredo confirmed three new coronavirus-related deaths in Webb County Saturday. The deaths included a woman in her early 60s, a man in his late 80s and a woman in her early 90s. Each died Friday, bringing the county’s death toll to 308 — 18 more than last week.

Laredo also reported 14,141 coronavirus cases Saturday — 455 more than this time last week — with 391 of those cases active. Of those cases, 80 are currently hospitalized, with 44 in intensive care.

Liz Hardaway is a staff writer covering San Antonio government and politics. To read more from Liz, become a subscriber. liz.hardaway@hearst.com | Twitter: @liz_hardaway

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