Midway through a news conference where executives were describing hospitals' herculean efforts to cope with a staggering increase in COVID-19 cases in San Antonio and Bexar County, the governor of Texas dropped a proclamation. Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Texans in most counties to wear face coverings in public and gave mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people. It was what local leaders had been imploring him to do for weeks, as COVID-19 cases spiraled out of control in Texas' urban areas.
Written by Texas Tribune on Jun 29 2020 - 1:25pm
By Meena Venkataramanan, The Texas Tribune June 26, 2020
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Jun 26 2020 - 9:10pm
As San Antonio stepped up its battle against COVID-19 by banning gatherings of more than 10 people in city parks or plazas, Mayor Ron Nirenberg said weekend #BlackLivesMatter protesters would be "kindly asked to think about the pandemic we're in, and disperse." The remarks by Nirenberg, who has repeatedly encouraged #BlackLivesMatters protestors to demonstrate and speak out, came during the evening briefing on the virus which threatens to overwhelm the city's hospital capacity.
Written by rudyarispe on Jun 26 2020 - 10:28am
Because of the exponential increase in the number of new coronavirus cases, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg has signed an emergency order prohibiting outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people to contain the spread of COVID-19. “The virus has gained a foothold in our community as the state continues to open," Nirenberg said. “We need to act aggressively to regain control and slow its spread with every tool available."
Written by Texas Tribune on Jun 26 2020 - 10:10am
Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday took his most drastic action yet to respond to the post-reopening coronavirus surge in Texas, shutting bars back down and scaling back restaurant capacity to 50%. He also shut down river-rafting trips and banned outdoor gatherings of over 100 people unless local officials approve.
Written by CharlotteAnne Lucas on Jun 25 2020 - 8:21pm
As COVID-19 hospitalizations skyrocketed again in Bexar County, a top medical official said the area is on a "worst cast scenario" trajectory that could overwhelm hospital capacity within weeks. "This car is going at full speed headed toward a brick wall," said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg during the nightly media briefing. "We all have a role to play. We'll all feel the impact if we hit it." The situation is "a little scary," said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. "If we do nothing, by mid-August we could have 1,900 people" hospitalized.
Written by Brandy Ruiz on Jun 24 2020 - 2:47pm
Miriam and her 15-year old daughter, asylum-seekers from Honduras, have been held at a private prison in Dilley for more than 300 days. They are among more than 80 immigrant families being kept at the South Texas Family Residential Center, as it is called by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. The facility is ringed in barbed wire and the ICE agents refer to the families as “inmates.”
Written by Rebecca Espinoza on Jun 23 2020 - 12:24pm
Where can you get tested for the COVID-19 virus? This map has COVID-19 testing locations around San Antonio. Some are free, some are not. Some sites are pop-up testing locations that last from 1-2 days. This map will change as more information becomes available.
Written by Texas Tribune on Jun 17 2020 - 5:51pm
By Valeria Olivares, The Texas Tribune June 17, 2020
Written by Edward Olvera on Jun 10 2020 - 11:35am
Find the latest information with historical context on this data visualization developed by Bexar County and the City of San Antonio. Click the tabs across the bottom of this graphic to drill down on important indicators such as hospitalizations on this data dashboard developed by Texas Department of Human Services and Texas Health Services.