Metro Well being’s medical director paints a grim image amid the surge in COVID-19 hospital stays in Bexar County

SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County and San Antonio leaders are seeing spikes in hospital admissions and more people being tested amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in our area and across the state.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said during the COVID-19 briefing Tuesday evening that 209 people had been admitted to the hospital in the past 24 hours, including 24 pediatric cases.

Check out the latest COVID-19 numbers and everything you need to know about the recent surge in the San Antonio area here.

Nirenberg said he learned Monday that weeks ago the state asked for refrigerated trucks to pick up bodies of people who died of COVID-19. He said this is an indication of what the state expects in light of recent court battles across the state over mask mandates and vaccine reluctance.

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The mayor continued to urge sensible COVID-19 precautions such as masks, social distancing, vaccines and other measures.

Bexar County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez says the Fusion Center treats an average of about 100 patients a day. He said the antibody treatment could hopefully prevent some people from going to the hospital.

San Antonio Metropolitan Health District director Claude Jacob said the city’s facilities have plenty of capacity for testing and the city is well equipped to test more people if necessary.

Dr. Metro Health medical director Junda Woo agreed, saying the severity of the pandemic will depend on the actions people take now. She said depending on how vaccination rates go and if the right precautions are taken, it could mean the difference between months with more cases or years if conditions don’t improve.

“It’s still tight,” said Woo. “… Do we want to be there for a few more months? Or do we want to be in the pandemic for another year or more? Much depends on how much we vaccinate now and take these measures, like wearing a mask. If, in terms of the number of unvaccinated people, we get to the point where another variant becomes available, as the Delta variant did, it will not end so quickly. “

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