Monthly Epidemiological Reports

Epidemiological Report(PDF, 2MB) - October 2020

Six months into the COVID-19 Pandemic, Bexar County has experienced nearly 60,000 COVID-19 cases and 1,200 deaths attributed to COVID-19. While Bexar County experienced a major surge in cases in June and July, it moved out of exponential transmission starting in August, and in the last couple of months it has seen a more steady and moderate phase of the pandemic. Bexar County’s current COVID-19 risk level is: Low.

Key Takeaways from the October 2020 Report

Cases

  • 97% of cases at this point are estimated to be recovered. Approximately 18% of cases to date are indicated as having been asymptomatic at the time they were investigated.
  • Those in their 20s consistently account for 1/5th of total cases to date, as well as 1/5th of cases that occurred in September. Pediatrics (<18 years old) accounted for 15.5% of cases occurring in September.
  • Approximately 1,300 cases to date have indicated being a healthcare worker, and approximately 150 have indicated being a first responder. 110 cases to date have been school-related, with students and staff equally affected.

Hospitalizations, Deaths, and Underlying conditions

  • Approximately 3,500 hospitalizations (6% of cases) due to COVID-19 have occurred up to now. 1 in 5 individuals hospitalized have been between 18-40 years of age.
  • Among pediatric cases, Hispanic/Latinos are disproportionately hospitalized compared to their respective proportion in the population.
  • Zip codes in central Bexar County have the highest proportion of cases hospitalized.
  • Approximately 70% of those hospitalized as well as 70% of those deceased had some type of underlying condition. Diabetes continues to account for the overwhelming majority of underlying conditions affecting cases.
  • 35% of hospitalized pediatrics have an underlying condition documented, with asthma being the most common one.
  • 1 in 5 cases hospitalized due to COVID-19 have passed away.

Risk of hospitalization and death

  • Males have a higher risk of hospitalization and death compared to females.
  • The risk of hospitalization among the subgroup of cases with diabetes is 5 times higher than the risk of hospitalization among all cases overall.