San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said in a news conference Wednesday that the COVID-19 level in San Antonio has reached severe.
“Elective surgeries are being put on hold because COVID patients are once again holding up our hospitals,” Nirenberg said. “88% of those hospitalized are unvaccinated.”
Nirenberg said as of Wednesday, there are 12 new deaths reported and 62 others are also under investigation. He then addressed people who have doubts about the efficiency of the vaccine.
As he continued to share more about the dire situation the city faces, he stressed the grim reality of more tragic news to come.
“We do expect more deaths to be reported in the weeks following,” he said. “In the meantime, mask up.”
The mayor encouraged everyone who is eligible to can get vaccinated to keep hospitalizations as low as possible.
Bexar County Judge Wolff pointed out that children should be at the forefront of people who are unsure about whether they should get vaccinated. Wolff said 99.5% deaths in Texas so far have been unvaccinated people.
“Two simple things – it’s up to the citizens to put out this fire: Mask up and get vaccinated!” he shouted.
Metro Health said the delta variant currently accounts for 88% of new COVID-19 cases. A representative said they have received lots of feedback from people worried about the side effects from getting a vaccine.