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San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolf briefed the community on the local response to COVID-19 at their daily briefing Friday night.
Nirenberg reported 72,31
The 7-day moving average of the cases is 399.
Nirenberg said Metro Health will send an emergency signal to residents at 7pm on Friday to warn them of the jump and what they can do to stay safe. He said this was the first time such a large number of cases had been reported since mid-July.
City officials also said 444 patients were hospitalized, 141 were in intensive care and 66 were ventilators. 10% beds with staff and 70% fans are available.
Nirenberg said 62 hospitals had been admitted in the last 24 hours. He added that there are currently 65 patients with COVID-19 from El Paso in hospitals in San Antonio.
Dr. Colleen Bridger, assistant city manager and interim director of Metro Health, provided some context to help people understand case numbers during the briefing. She said most new cases were reported between a 10-day period.
Bridger says the most important figure to consider is the 7-day moving average, which gives a better understanding of workload throughout the week.
She also said the city is testing more now than at its peak in May, when the hospital had more than 1,000 people every day, which is good because it can help track contacts and control the spread.
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