SAN ANTONIO – On Tuesday, Bexar County officials announced the discovery of 854 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total case count to 21,067.

Six deaths were also confirmed Tuesday. Since the start of the pandemic, 201 San Antonio residents have lost their lives due to the virus.

The virus’ toll continues to strain hospital resources, but the numbers were a little lower than the prior day.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said hospitals are caring for 1,237, down from 1,267 on Monday. In the intensive care unit, 417 COVID-19 patients were counted, down from 421 on Monday. Nirenberg said 260 patients are using a ventilator.

Hospital capacity slightly increased, showing 11% of hospital beds and 44% of ventilators are available.

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