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SA Coronavirus Updates: April 16

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These are the facts:

  • There have been at least 16,455 cases of coronavirus in Texas and 393 reported deaths from COVID-19 as of 6:00 p.m., Thursday, April 16, according to Texas HHS.
  • City leaders say there are 918 confirmed positive cases in San Antonio as of 6:15 p.m. on April 16. Thirty-seven people have died, while 176 have recovered.
  • Governor Abbott issued an executive order telling people to stay home unless working in an "essential service" or doing an activity deemed essential. Here is what that means. 

  • hursday, April 16
    10 p.m.
    Despite earlier declarations from city leaders, officials say its new mandate on the mandatory use of cloth face coverings in San Antonio won't go into effect on Monday, in order to allow ample time for residents to make or purchase a mask. 
    6:20 p.m.
    The city amends its stay-home order to mandate that all residents 10 years of age or older wear a cloth face covering in most public settings. The order is effective immediately. 
    6:15 p.m.
    The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Bexar County has risen to 918 confirmed positive tests, according to San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. 37 people have died.
    The mayor announced a jump in recoveries, from 147 to 176 residents. 705 patients are continuing to fight coronavirus.
    4:45 p.m.
    Hays County is up to 117 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus after officials reported eight more diagnoses on Thursday. Forty-eight have recovered, two are currently hospitalized and one resident has died. 
    3:10 p.m.
    Gold's Gym announced that due to the impact of coronavirus, they will permanently close 30 locations across the country, including three in San Antonio.
    The locations on Evans Road, Prue Road, and in Hill Country Village will all be shutting down for good, according to identical posts on their respective Facebook pages.
11:49 a.m. 
Bexar County Sheriff's Administration confirms two more cases of coronavirus amongst the jail's inmate population. This brings the total number of inmates who have tested positive for coronavirus at the jail to 10.
11:35 a.m.
Flower kits with virtual workshop are designed to give San Antonians something Fiesta-related to do while social distancing.
10:16 a.m.
The San Antonio Police Department shared an update on their number of coronavirus cases:
Sworn Officer COVID-19 positive -6
Officers in quarantine - 7
Civilians in quarantine- 5
Total SAPD Personnel Quarantined- 12
9:15 a.m.
The San Antonio Fire Department reported the following information about coronavirus cases as of April 15:
SAFD Uniformed COVID-19 positive -3
SAFD Uniformed in quarantine - 47
SAFD Civilians in quarantine- 1
Total SAFD Personnel Quarantined- 48

Fire officials say they are increasing the amount of staff in quarantine in an "aggressive effort" to stop the spread of the virus. 
Later in the day, SAFD Chief Charles Hood provided the following statement: 
“As part of our proactive efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19 within the SAFD, all firefighters assigned to the station that has had three positive cases will be placed on quarantine. This quarantine will be for 14 days from the last shift worked by each of these firefighters. 
"The fire station and all fire apparatus have also been deep cleaned and disinfected as part of this effort. Protecting the health and safety of our SAFD family and that of the community we serve will always be paramount; the quarantine of these firefighters will in no way effect our service delivery.”
9:04 a.m.
Spoetzl Brewery, the brewer of Shiner Bock, is giving the love back to Texans by donating $500,000 to the Texas Restaurant Association’s relief fund. The announcement came Thursday morning, describing the relief fund as a way to provide immediate financial relief to Texas’ independent restaurateurs with funds designed to safeguard employee jobs impacted by COVID-19.

7:48 a.m.
The wave of layoffs that has engulfed the U.S. economy since the coronavirus struck forced 5.2 million more people to seek unemployment benefits last week. Roughly 22 million have sought jobless benefits in the past month — easily the worst stretch of U.S. job losses on record.
6:30 a.m 
The United States has 638,111 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University. There have been 30,925 deaths and 52,640 recoveries in the U.S. More than 3.2 million tests have been conducted. 
6:00 a.m.
A report of new jobless claims for last week is due out today and millions of people are again expected to have been added to the unemployment rolls. CNBC reports that economists expect claims for the week ending April 11 will be around 5 million.  
Wednesday, April 15
9:45 p.m.
Bexar County authorities report two more deputies have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total to 22. 
6:15 p.m.
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Bexar County has increased by 75 Wednesday to 890 confirmed positive tests, according to San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. 37 people have died.
The mayor said 147 residents have now recovered from COVID-19. 77 patients remain hospitalized.

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