Bexar County surpasses 50,000 coronavirus cases but reports no new deaths

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Bexar County surpassed 50,000 confirmed coronavirus infections on Monday but reported no new deaths for the first time in more than a month.

The county recorded 101 new cases, bringing its cumulative case count to 50,016. About 2.5 percent of the county’s 2 million residents have now contracted the virus since the first local case was detected March 13.

On Sunday, local health officials confirmed that 1,016 residents have died of COVID-19 since the first death was recorded later in March.

The vast majority of those deaths came from a dramatic surge of infections over the summer following the reopening of businesses and other public facilities statewide. Monday was the first time since July 27 that officials reported no new fatalities, which lag behind other measures of the pandemic.

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“We are very thankful that we have no new deaths to report from COVID-19,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said during the daily coronavirus briefing. “That’s a great thing.”

San Antonio’s other metrics for measuring coronavirus transmission continue to show that the virus is loosening its grip on the area.

COVID hospitalizations, which have been trending steadily downward since their …

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