Local officials say TEA and attorney general send mixed messages to schools about reopening

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San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff briefed the community on the local response to COVID-19 at their daily briefing Tuesday night.

These are some of the highlights:

  • Nirenberg reported 37,984 total COVID-19 cases and 335 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Tuesday, an increase of 1,546 new cases. Twelve new deaths were reported today.
  • City officials also reported that 1,045 patients are hospitalized, 413 are in the intensive care unit and 283 are on ventilators. There are 12% beds available and 45% fans available.
  • Nirenberg said the city will provide a seven-day moving average of case numbers during Wednesday’s briefing.
  • The city updated its Sg2 model, which shows the projected hospitalizations. Nirenberg said hospitalizations have stalled. See the updated model below:
Sg2 model update 7/28/20
Sg2 model update 7/28/20 (THING)

Look: Schools Get Mixed Messages About Reopening, San Antonio Officials Say

  • Segovia said the city expects voluntary compliance from all local schools, but added that “we will enforce the order if necessary.”
  • Segovia said the city contacted some local religious schools to discuss the health directive, but they were hit by a lawsuit before being able to contact Cornerstone Church officials.
  • Segovia said the city had been working with the TEA to provide guidance to school districts that had campuses in more than one county. The TEA changed its message after meeting with city officials, she said.
  • Dr. Junda Woo, medical director of the Metropolitan Health District, said that next week there will be a new indicator of school safety on the city website.

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