Under the overpass at Interstate 37 and Brooklyn Ave in Downtown San Antonio lies a homeless camp recently shut down by the city. The shutdown comes after a steady stream of reports about violence and health concerns from the area.
On Wednesday evening, Sgt. Joey Supulveda was shot in the parking lot of the Sol Apartments. After investigating suspicious burglary activity in the area, a suspect made a gesture that then resulted in Sepulveda opening fire, resulting in Sepulveda’s injury to the neck and shoulder. Currently, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is searching for four suspects in connection to the shooting of the sergeant.
Currently, the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is facing a severe blood shortage. The pandemic has caused a strain on the supply and the Center estimates that about 500 donations are needed a day to keep up with the pressing demand which has risen 35% since January.
Since December, hospitalizations caused by COVID-19 in Texas have dropped below 11,000. Following a record high with 14,218 hospitalized in January, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 10,287 on Wednesday. Over the past two weeks, cases have averaged at 20,152 a day.
In terms of vaccination efforts in the state, 561,400 people in the state have been fully vaccinated and over 2 million have gotten at least one dose. In Bexar County, Mayor Nirenberg reported 2,186 total COVID-19 cases, 1,081 hospitalized and 2,186 deaths. The seven-day average has dropped to 1,335.
Fiesta San Antonio, a two-week festival, meant to honor the memory of those who fought in the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, has been postponed to June because of COVID-19 safety concerns. In addition, the Barbacoa and Big Red Festival, Battle of Flowers and Fiesta Flambeau parades, Battle of Flowers Band Festival, Fiesta Oyster Bake at St. Mary’s University and the King William Fair have also been canceled due to the pandemic.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg, via social media, asked football fans to refrain from hosting large gatherings for the Super Bowl predicting that they could become super spreader events. Instead San Antonio officials have recommended watching with only members of their household or watching virtually.