City Issues Emergency Alert As COVID Risk Rises

Residents throughout the San Antonio area received an alert on their phones tonight. The alert comes as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the area. The alert said, "Risk of COVID-19 is now at severe level. Nine out of ten patients in the hospital are unvaccinated. Mask up, get vaccinated and get tested."

There are currently 938 people hospitalized with COVID, with 262 of the in ICU and 141 patients on ventilators. Available beds continue to decline as the number of hospitalizations continues to increase. Officials say they have not seen a strain on the hospital system since the beginning months of the pandemic.

Earlier in the day Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said, "Our hospital numbers continue to trend in the wrong direction as we continue to fight COVID. The vaccine continues to be the most effective line of defense we have to save lives and protect our community. The vaccine is safe and free!"

Photo: Judge Nelson Wolff and Mayor Ron Nirenberg hold a news conference updating the increasing COVID risk. (Bexar County)

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