San Antonio Issues Alert Following Increase In COVID-19 Cases

San Antonio Metro Health is reporting the largest single day increase in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. The number of cases increased by 795, bringing the total number of cases to 9,652.

Shortly after the numbers were released an alert was sent out to many phones in the area, urging residents to stay home. Below is a screenshot of the alert:

Mayor Ron Nirenberg later commented on Twitter, "You might have just noticed a COVID-19 alert on your phone, advising you to stay home to the greatest extent possible. We must remain vigilant. Our hospital capacity is filling up. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Practice physical distancing."

There are now 730 patients hospitalized in Bexar County. That's 31 more than Friday. On Friday, officials said 74% of all available beds were already in use and no longer available.

The state of Texas also reported a big jump in COVID-19 hospitalizations on Saturday.

Health officials reported an increase of 421 from Friday, increasing the number hospitalized to 5,223. That's more than a 70% increase from a week ago and nearly 215% increase from June 1, when the state had 1,756 patients hospitalized statewide.

Governor Greg Abbott took steps on Friday to rollback some of the earlier reopenings that took place, closing bars. The governor said some of the recent spread had come from bars where people had gathered. He also rolled back restaurant capacity. As of Monday, restaurant dining will be limited to 50%.

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