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Updates: COVID-19 cases increase to 456

COVID-19  cases continue to rise: Mayor Ron Nirenberg said 456 people have now tested positive, up from 410 reported Sunday. The number of deaths stands at 12, he said. Nirenberg also said the city is recommending people wear protective masks in public places where social distancing isn't possible.

Whataburger furloughs: Whataburger is laying off or furloughing an unspecified number of employees due to the coronavirus pandemic. The reduction affects workers at the San Antonio fast food chain’s corporate offices and in field support across the 10 states where it operates restaurants. The company’s dining rooms remain closed but it is still filling drive-thru and pickup orders.

BCSO deputy class placed on leave: An entire class of recently graduated Bexar County Sheriff's deputies have been placed on administrative leave after one deputy tested positive for COVID-19, the department said Monday in a news release. The deputy graduated from the department's academy last week and was scheduled to start working on Saturday, but began experiencing symptoms before his shift and was placed on administrative duty, BCSO said.
COVID-19 exposures in Guadalupe County: Guadalupe County officials warned Monday of possible COVID-19 exposures at businesses in Seguin. One of the patients who tested positive for the virus recently visited a Walgreens Pharmacy and a Walmart. The Texas Department of State Health Services is helping county officials identify anyone who was in close contact with the patient while the individual was sick, so they can be isolated, monitored for symptoms and tested if needed.

James Avery furloughs: Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, James Avery Artisan Jewelry is furloughing many of its manufacturing and store employees and some of its corporate staff. “As we navigate this ever-evolving situation, James Avery Artisan Jewelry is experiencing many challenges and tough decisions regarding the future of our business,” CEO John McCullough said in a statement. “The furloughs have been the hardest decision our team has made because it affects so many people we care about very much.”
H-E-B employees in Austin, Dripping Springs test positive for coronavirus: Two Austin-area H-E-B employees tested positive for the coronavirus, the grocery store chain confirmed via a news release Saturday. One employee works at an Austin location, 2508 E. Riverside Dr., and last showed up to work March 28, according to the news release. The second employee works at a Dripping Springs location, 598 East Highway U.S. 290, and has not been at the store since March 8, the release said. It is unclear when the employees tested positive for COVID-19.
San Antonio's disaster plan: Projections indicate it could take several more weeks for San Antonio’s outbreak to reach a crescendo. Dr. William Henrich, president of UT Health San Antonio, said epidemiologists suggest that patient volumes here could surge sometime in May or early June. After that, it could take months for the virus to abate. Here is a look at how San Antonio hospitals are preparing for the worst.
Bexar County cases: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bexar County rose to 410 Sunday, Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced at his daily briefing with County Judge Nelson Wolff. There was one new death reported, another resident of a Southeast Side nursing home that reported an outbreak last week.
COVID-19 Tracker: Interactive maps track coronavirus cases in San Antonio, Texas counties and the U.S.
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