Two more coronavirus-related deaths at Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
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) – Two more residents of Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center have died after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.   One patient was a Caucasian male in his 80s, the other was a Hispanic female in her 80s. Both had underlying medical conditions.

The total number of COVID-19 related deaths in San Antonio and Bexar County is 24, with twelve of them being from the nursing center on East Southcross.   As of  Friday, 74 residents and  27 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

“Aside from Southeast, there are no other localized outbreaks at nursing homes in Bexar County, and we’re grateful for that,” San Antonio Mayor Ron  Nirenberg said Friday.

While two facilities, River City Care Center and Westover Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare, have been designated to take in area nursing home patients who test positive for COVID-19, Nirenberg says those at Southeast Nursing will not be relocated.

Of 665 coronavirus cases in San Antonio and Bexar County, 89 are hospitalized, and 44 are on ventilators. Ninety-two have recovered.

“The stress on resources at local hospitals also remains manageable,” said Nirenberg.

He reports that more than 2,00 beds  and 541 ventilators are available.

When asked if Bexar County had reached its peak as  Governor Greg Abbott indicated earlier Friday, the mayor replied,” I think you have be cautious, extremely cautious.

He said even if we have reached peak, we’re not out of the woods.

“It would  very dangerous and reckless to let our guard down now,” said the mayor.

And to families who are considering ignoring the rules prohibiting the gathering of more than 10 people for Easter Sunday, Bexar County Judge Wolff says,”Not a good idea.”

Nirenberg noted that an outbreak in one of the hot spots in the country started with one family gathering.

“If you’re getting together with the people who are already living in your household, that’s one thing, but if you start introducing folks from outside, even if they’re family members, you’ve got to exhibit the social distancing.  You’ve got to stay home,” said Nirenberg.

Wolff said his family is going to Zoom for Easter.

“All of us are going to get on Zoom and we’re going to celebrate Easter together, but we’re not going to jeopardize each other’s lives,” said Wolff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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