Hospitals admitted 207 new COVID-19 patients from Wednesday to Thursday, marking a new pandemic high.
Hospitals admitted 207 new COVID-19 patients from Wednesday to Thursday, marking a new pandemic high. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

Local hospitals admitted 207 new COVID-19 patients, the most Bexar County has seen in a 24-hour period, officials said Thursday.

Health care facilities already are slammed as the holidays have produced case surges of increasing magnitude. Earlier this week, the COVID-19 patient count in Bexar County surpassed the high that had been reached during the summer spike.

Hospital beds aren’t just dwindling in San Antonio. Statewide, hospitalizations have risen to levels not previously seen, and about one in five hospital beds is occupied by a COVID-19 patient.

In Bexar County about a third of all hospital patients are positive for COVID-19.

Commissioner Justin Rodriguez (Pct. 2) said during a Thursday press briefing that the record number of new hospital admissions underscores the seriousness of the worsening crisis.

The number of patients in intensive care is also approaching a level not seen since the summer, with 394 occupying ICU beds and 214 on ventilators.

“The stress level in our hospitals now [is at] that high level trending toward severe, so we need to make sure folks are aware of that,” Rodriguez said.

Local officials also reported nine more deaths caused by COVID-19, bringing the local death toll to 1,586. The deceased ranged in age from 50 to 89, and all but one were Latino.

A slight dip in new coronavirus cases after back-to-back days of significant increases brought the seven-day rolling average down from 1,567 on Wednesday to 1,534 on Thursday.

Here are the local numbers as of 7 p.m. Thursday:

  • 128,067 total cases, 1,170 new cases
  • 1,586 deaths, nine new deaths
  • 1,376 in hospital, 10% beds available
  • 394 patients in intensive care
  • 214 patients on ventilators, 48% ventilators available
JJ Velasquez

JJ Velasquez

JJ Velasquez is a columnist at the San Antonio Report. A former reporter and editor at the SA Report, he currently works as a project manager for New York City-based Advance Local.