State of the City-February 22, 2021

Bella Nieto, News Editor

Local Updates:

After the winter storm that swept San Antonio, putting many out of electricity and leaving water systems compromised, as of Sunday afternoon, all San Antonio residents service by SAWS have water restored. 90% of the city still remains on boil water notice. Check the status of your area at the San Antonio Water System news page.


CPS, the energy company for all of San Antonio, announced on Monday that customers will not see costs from last week’s winter storm reflected in their bills immediately.


Grocery stores are still feeling the ramifications of last week’s winter storm. The state is running out of food due, in part, to an increase in demand and, in part, because of freezing temperatures and power outages disrupting the supply chain. HEB has placed purchasing limits on some of its products. Water, eggs, milk, bread, ice, propane, disinfectant, alcohol swabs and first aid gloves are all limited to two per purchase. 


On Saturday, Governor Greg Abbott met with state leaders to discuss the recent spikes in energy bills that some Texans are experiencing after the recent outages. According to the New York Times, the highest bill was $16,752. The discussion included calculating the cost of energy bills and how the state could potentially alleviate exorbitant bills. 




Of the 5,652,800 vaccine doses sent to Texas 4,711,180 have been administered. 11.3% of the population has received their first dose while only 4.9 % have been fully vaccinated. In Bexar County, 116,032 people, 5.94% of the population, have received the first dose and 99,495 people, 5.09%  of the population have received both doses. 


According to data from state health officials, hospitalizations due to coronavirus have dropped to their lowest levels since mid-November. On Sunday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported 7,146 hospitalizations, the lowest reported number since its November dip to 7,083. The seven-day average of new cases has fallen to 5,041, compared to its previous 18,980 rate.


 On Monday  night, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez reported 193,691 total COVID-19 cases and 2,752 total deaths in Bexar County. In addition, there 608 hospitalizations, and the positivity rate hangs around 7.5%.