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Bexar County’s coordinator of emergency managment succumbs to coronavirus, 7 more deaths reported Wednesday

Kyle Coleman, coordinator of the Bexar County Office of Emergency Management, has died of COVID-19/Photo-Courtesy of Bexar County

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) -San Antonio Metro Health has reported seven more deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total count to 208.  The latest victims were five men and two women, ranging in age from the 40s to the 80s.

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff revealed at the COVID-19 briefing Wednesday evening that Kyle Coleman, coordinator of the Bexar County Office of Emergency Management, succumbed to the virus. He said Coleman started the county’s emergency management office in 2005, and was a founding member of the Alamo Area Incident Management Team.

“His wife, Edna, wanted to leave one comment for everybody, and she said, ‘It is my hope that this will bring attention to the importance of wearing masks and practicing safe distance,'” said Wolff.

Former professional baseball player Mike Shull, who led a local team to the Little League World Series several years ago, also passed away after being hospitalized with COVID-19.

“He coached the McAllister Little League Baseball Team.  In 2009, they went to the Little League World Series and they came in third,” Wolff said.

There’s a slight dip in the number of COVID-19 patients in local hospitals, but the number of those being treated in intensive care units went up.  As of Wednesday,  1,231 coronavirus patients were hospitalized. Of those, 438 were in ICU while 274 were on ventilators. That leaves 11 percent of staffed hospital beds and 43 percent of ventilators available.

Dr. Paul Hancock, chief medical officer at Methodist Healthcare System, said their emergency rooms have been very quiet, raising concerns that some people may not be seeking care for serious illnesses because they fear they could get exposed to the virus.

The total number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started has reached 21,546 with 479 new cases reported Wednesday.

 


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