Bexar County reports first COVID-19 death

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) Bexar County has confirmed its  first COVID-19 related death. The woman, a patient in her 80s, was being treated at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and had a history of underlying health issues. The patient died March 21, 2020.

“Today’s tragic development illustrates the importance of the aggressive steps we are taking to thwart the spread of COVID-19. Stay home unless you must go out. Follow the health experts’ guidelines,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “We can all play a role in saving lives through social distancing and healthy behaviors. Together we will overcome this challenge.”

Those who believe they have been exposed to the virus and have symptoms should contact their primary care physician or an urgent care clinic. If they get a referral, they can be tested for COVID-19. Those who cannot afford a doctor’s visit may call Metro Health’s COVID-19 hotline at  210-207-5779.

“On behalf of Bexar County, we express our deepest sympathy for the family and loved ones of the individual who passed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. “It is very important for our community to continue to take precautions, practice safe distancing, stay at home when you feel sick, and wash your hands often”

As of Sunday, there were 45 confirmed cases in Bexar County.   Twenty-six are travel-related, 7 are  individuals who had close contact with the travelers and 10 cases are attributed to community transmission.  Two cases are under investigation.

Fifteen local COVID-19 cases are in the 40 to 49 age group.  The 20-29 and 60 to 69 categories have seven each.   There are four in the 0-19 age group, as well as the 30-39, 50-59, and 70-79 categories.

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