San Antonio coronavirus deaths up to 990 Thursday

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Bexar County commissioners have decided to spend $150,000 in stipends to recovered COVID-19 patients who donate their plasma to help others fight the disease.

Donated plasma from recovered patients includes antibodies to the virus and has been approved as a treatment for the disease. It isn’t a cure.

Even though more than 40,000 San Antonians have recovered from the coronavirus, County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez said less than 5 percent of them have donated plasma.

The Metropolitan Health District reported 69 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, a significant drop from Wednesday’s 151 cases, continuing a trend that has seen a decline in cases for several weeks.

With fewer cases and hospitalizations, Metro Health this week dropped the local risk level to the green “safe” zone, a far cry from the severe risk to the city in July.

The improving fortunes are due to several factors, including a two-week decline in cases, a robust testing capacity, the “doubling time” of cases that now is at 65 days, and a moderate rate of …

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