Bexar County has logged 228,638 total COVID-19 cases and 3,571 total deaths, according to the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. According to KSAT.com, the 7-day rolling average is 126 COVID-19 cases, and four new virus fatalities were reported this week.
As per Metro Health, out of 155 hospitalized patients, 54 are in ICU, and 18 are on ventilators. The staff beds availability is 8% and, ventilator availability stands at 73%
The Metro Health vaccine statistics dashboard states that 1,224,955 (73.7%) people over 12 years of age have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, and 993,844 (59.8%) have been administered two doses in Bexar County.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently flagged the Delta variant as the dominant strain in the United States.
On seven days average, the new cases stood at 13,859, as of July 6, with an increase of 21%.
High case rates are being reported from the regions with lower vaccination rates in the Midwest and South.
Metro Health is pushing for more vaccination as the number of new infections surge.
“We know that people who are vaccinated are really unlikely to have a serious infection, to be hospitalized. Something like more than 99 per cent of people who have died has been not vaccinated since January,” said Dr Junda Woo, Metro Health medical director.
The Delta variant is more transmissible than the original strain of COVID-19, Woo said.
“We could see a larger proportion of Black and Hispanic people infected than we have seen up until now just because of the vaccination rates and because people being more casual. I would really hate to see that,” she said.
In order to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, spurs tickets and other merchandise will be given away at two vaccination clinics this month.