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778 new COVID-19 cases in Bexar County, officials ask for help from BAMC

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-section through the viral genome, seen as black dots. (Photo: CDC)

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) –  San Antonio Metro Health reported 778 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the total count since the pandemic began to 15,880.   Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced five more deaths, bringing that total to 137.

The number of coronavirus patients in hospitals increased to 1,235 with 389 in ICU and 221 using ventilators.

“That would be a big help to us,” said Wolff.  “I don’t think it’s that they don’t want to, but you’ve got to get approval out of Washington.”
BAMC currently is allowed to treat civilians only in trauma cases.

“People rely on our hospital system for pregnancy, for surgeries, for trauma, for many other things besides COVID-19 treatment, so when we talk about the capacity being stretched, that’s a concern for the entire community,” said Nirenberg.

Additional nurses continue to arrive in San Antonio to help staff hospital beds.  Dr. Colleen Bridger, interim director of San Antonio Metro Health, said the field hospital at Freeman Expo Hall would be used as a last resort.

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