Pre-K 4 SA custodian Jerry Romero sprays disinfectant inside a classroom while preparing for students to return to class. Credit: Stephanie Marquez for the San Antonio Report

New coronavirus cases in Bexar County dipped to just over 100 Sunday, following two consecutive days that broke the 200 mark. 

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District reported 110 new cases Sunday, with the seven-day average continuing to trend upward to 164 cases from 162 on Saturday. The case total for Bexar County is now 46,401. 

Nine COVID-19-related deaths were reported Sunday, having occurred sometime between July 11 and Aug. 29.

Deaths initially reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services continue to be reviewed and verified by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.

Ages and ethnicities of deceased

● 5 women of unknown ethnicity between ages 50 and 79
● 2 males of unknown ethnicity in their 60s
● 1 Black male in his 60s
● 1 Hispanic male in his 70s

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 held at 366 from Saturday to Sunday, following several days of steady decline that officials have been watching closely to determine local safety closures and protocols. Of the 366 hospitalized, there were 28 new admissions reported Sunday. 

Patients in intensive care decreased from 174 Saturday to 162 Sunday, with the number on ventilators also down from the previous day from 111 to 103. 

While these numbers show positive trends, “we can’t accept that COVID-19 is gone until it’s actually gone,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said Saturday on social media.

“Now is not the time to let our guard down,” he said. “We don’t want this Labor Day to mirror our Fourth of July.”

Following family outings to celebrate Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, San Antonio saw an increase in cases and related deaths. Labor Day is Sept. 7.

San Antonio school districts so far have continued virtual distance learning following local coronavirus orders but plan to gradually reopen and return to in-person learning after Labor Day. 

Nirenberg encouraged San Antonians via social media to continue to avoid large crowds, wear masks, and wash their hands as Labor Day approaches. 

“Our students, parents, teachers, schools, families and neighborhoods are counting on us to do our part,” he said. “Stay safe and stay healthy.”

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Lindsey Carnett

Lindsey Carnett covers the environment, science and utilities for the San Antonio Report.