SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – Monday could be the day that triggers a pandemic-related rollback in capacity at restaurants and other businesses.
Under Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order, if coronavirus hospital patients in San Antonio’s trauma service area make up more than 15 percent for seven straight days, certain businesses will have to rollback maximum capacity from 75 percent to 50 percent.
Monday’s figures aren’t in yet, but it appears this will be the seventh consecutive day that coronavirus patients make up more than 15 percent hospital capacity.
“Restrictions come in place in terms of the capacity of restaurants, indoor and outdoor professional and collegiate sporting events, swimming pools, water parks–all that will kick in,” Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff predicted last week.
Sunday, Metro Health officials reported 4,426 new cases of COVID-19 since Wednesday, and the number of patients in hospitals went up to 1,000.
“COVID-19 cases continue to stress our hospitals,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “Please wear a mask when you are in public, maintain social distancing and wash your hands frequently.”
Two more deaths were reported Sunday, in addition to 29 previously unconfirmed deaths, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 1,510.