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COVID Tracker: Cases, hospitalizations continue to trend down

But the beginning of the varsity year may carry a brand new trend within the coming weeks.

SAN ANTONIO — Bexar County recorded its second-lowest COVID-19 case whole over the past six weeks and hospitalizations continue to fall as August brings a recovery interval from July’s coronavirus wave. 

With college students heading again to college this week, nonetheless, it stays to be seen if these tendencies will continue. 

Metro Health reported 482 new infections Tuesday, tugging the seven-day case common down to 823. August has averaged 781 day by day circumstances up to now, down from the 961 day by day infections reported in July. 

Local COVID-19 hospitalizations, in the meantime, are down by 40% because the begin of the month. On Tuesday there have been 247 sufferers receiving therapy in native hospitals; of these, 41 are in intensive care and 12 are utilizing ventilators. 

Just underneath 12% of the area’s hospital beds have been obtainable to take a brand new affected person, which is likely one of the causes Metro Health’s coronavirus threat indicator stays at “high” however “steady” this week. 

More than 617,000 COVID-19 infections have been reported within the San Antonio space because the begin of the pandemic, whereas 5,351 Bexar County residents have lost their lives to virus issues. 

How Bexar County is trending

Vaccine progress in Bexar County

The following numbers are supplied by San Antonio Metro Health. A full breakdown could be discovered here.

  • 1,462,947 eligible Bexar County residents are totally vaccinated as of August 2, which is about 71.9% of the whole inhabitants over the age of 4. 
  • 563,173 eligible Bexar County residents have acquired a COVID-19 booster shot as of August 2, which is 39.9% p.c of the inhabitants. 

The CDC states that “when a high percentage of the community is immune to a disease (through vaccination and/or prior illness),” that group may have reached herd immunity, “making the spread of this disease from person to person unlikely.”

The City of San Antonio breaks down the vaccination charges by zip code on Metro Health’s Vaccination Statistics web page.

Coronavirus in Texas

The whole variety of coronavirus circumstances within the state grew by 6,750 on Tuesday, in accordance to the Texas Department of State Health Services. That whole contains 4,594 new confirmed circumstances and 2,156 new possible circumstances. More particulars could be discovered on this page.

Tuesday’s figures carry the whole variety of Texans recognized with COVID-19 to greater than 7.61 million.

An further 38 Texans have died from virus issues, the state reported Wednesday, elevating the statewide loss of life toll to 88,179.

Coronavirus signs

The signs of coronavirus could be related to the flu or a nasty chilly. Symptoms embrace fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or issue respiration, fatigue, muscle or physique aches, headache, new lack of style or scent sore throat, congestion or runny nostril, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea, in accordance to the Centers for Disease Control.

Most wholesome individuals may have gentle signs. A research of greater than 72,000 sufferers by the Centers for Disease Control in China confirmed 80 p.c of the circumstances there have been gentle.

But infections may cause pneumonia, extreme acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even loss of life, in accordance to the World Health Organization. Older individuals with underlying well being situations are most in danger.

Experts decided there was constant proof these situations enhance an individual’s threat, no matter age:

  • Chronic kidney illness
  • COPD (continual obstructive pulmonary illness)
  • Obesity (BMI of 30 or larger)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from stable organ transplant
  • Serious coronary heart situations, similar to coronary heart failure, coronary artery illness, or cardiomyopathies
  • Sickle cell illness
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • The CDC believes signs could seem wherever from two to 14 days after being uncovered.

Human coronaviruses are often unfold… 

  • Between people who find themselves in shut contact with each other (inside about 6 toes).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an contaminated particular person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land within the mouths or noses of people who find themselves close by or presumably be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Some latest research have advised that COVID-19 could also be unfold by people who find themselves not exhibiting signs.

Help cease the unfold of coronavirus

  • Stay residence when you find yourself sick.
  • Eat and sleep individually from your loved ones members
  • Use totally different utensils and dishes
  • Cover your cough or sneeze together with your arm, not your hand.
  • If you utilize a tissue, throw it within the trash.

Find a testing location

City officers suggest getting a COVID-19 check should you expertise fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or issue respiration, fatigue, muscle or physique aches, headache, new lack of style or scent, sore throat, congestion or runny nostril, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

A self-screening tool is available to see if you need a test.

Here’s a Testing Sites Locator to make it easier to discover the testing location closest to you in San Antonio.

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