Leaders report 242 new cases of COVID-19, 2 deaths

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SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and local healthcare professionals updated the community on the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Thursday night.

Nirenberg reported 197,497 total COVID-19 cases and 2,678 total deaths in Bexar County, an increase of 242 new cases on Thursday. Two new deaths were reported today.

The 7-day moving average is 329.

City officials also reported that 368 patients are hospitalized, 136 are in the intensive care unit and 72 are on ventilators. There are 9% staffed beds available and 67% ventilators available.

There have been 51 hospital admissions in the past 24 hours.

Nirenberg said the total number of hospitalizations is one of the lowest since November.

The mayor said more than 265,000 people received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the city site. He said Alamodome operations will continue as more vaccine doses are expected to arrive next week.

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Dr. Ruth Berggren of UT Health San Antonio said the Bexar County Hospital District administered 6,072 vaccines, the largest distribution yet. She said UT Health San Antonio administered 65,000 vaccines on Friday.

Berggren said UT Health and Metro Health are working to expand their immunization efforts to include more people.

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