The Tower of the Americas stands tall in the distance as a memorial honors the nearly 3,500 lives lost to COVID-19 during the pandemic.
The Tower of the Americas stands tall in the distance as a memorial honors the nearly 3,500 lives lost to COVID-19 during the pandemic. Credit: Bria Woods / San Antonio Report

The seven-day moving average of new coronavirus cases reported in Bexar County has fallen to its lowest point since June 10, 2020.

On Thursday the figure stood at 106 as cases throughout the nation decline. According to NBC News, the country’s current case rate is the lowest it has been since March 2020, when the virus’s spread prompted mass lockdowns.

Because of the decline in cases and an increasingly vaccinated public – in Bexar County, more than half of residents age 12 and older are fully vaccinated – health experts predict a summer surge like the one seen across the United States last year is highly unlikely.

The efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine is so high, even as the more viral B.1.1.7 variant has proliferated in the U.S., that the risk of a public health emergency no longer looms – at least in every community that has vaccinated a significant portion of its population.

Colleen Bridger, assistant city manager and the City’s coronavirus czar, said although Bexar County is out of the “crisis” phase, the pandemic is not over.

“We are past the worst, but the future still has some uncertainty,” County Judge Nelson Wolff said. “We don’t know how long the vaccine will last. … We know some people have chosen not to get shots, and [the virus] is still continuing to spread in our community.”

Due to the waning nature of the pandemic locally, officials have decided to end the nightly COVID-19 briefings that have become a staple of the past year. Thursday’s briefing was the last – barring an unforeseen uptick in transmission.

In other news

  • Bexar County received its latest pot of federal coronavirus relief money – a total of $194 million with another $194 million coming in 2022. The San Antonio City Council kicked around some ideas on Wednesday for how those funds might be used locally. Councilwoman Ana Sandoval (D7) said she’d like to explore whether the money can be used to fund green infrastructure projects while councilmen John Courage (D9) and Clayton Perry (D10) advocated for using the funds toward deferred street improvement projects. Read more »
  • The City’s mass vaccination clinic at the Alamodome was rained out on Thursday, but the Metropolitan Health District has hosted pop-up vaccination clinics at various sites throughout the city since Tuesday, and they will continue through the weekend. Read more »
  • More than 150 bills and resolutions pertaining to the pandemic were filed by lawmakers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. About 20 of them passed, many of them aimed at protecting Texans’ rights against a state pandemic response that conservative state leaders believed went too far. Read more from the Texas Tribune »
JJ Velasquez

JJ Velasquez

JJ Velasquez was a columnist, former editor and reporter at the San Antonio Report.