Area COVID-19 cases increase exponentially - again

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.

"Three weeks ago, this county had the best record or any urban area" for its low COVID-19 rate, said Nirenberg. "We have seen a geometric rise in our case rates."

Government data shows hospitalizations in Bexar County increased an astonishing 647% since June 6.

Since June 6, cases have doubled roughly every 7 days.

"We're actually currently on the worst cast scenario," said Dr. Junda Woo, Medical Director of San Antonio Metro Health. "We're already at a threshold. Now is the time to pay attention and keep your distance."

Wolff said Gov. Gregg Abbot's order to stop elective surgeries in the state's largest urban areas was a positive move, but not adequate.

Nirenberg said mayors across the state are reaching out to the governor to get more local authority to combat the pandemic.