State of the City- March 23, 2021

Bella Nieto, News Editor

Local News: 

In an interview with ESPN, the NCAA claimed full responsibility for the inequities recently revealed during the Women’s Basketball Championship tournament in San Antonio. After videos of the men’s and women’s weight rooms and their noticeable differences surfaced, Lynn Holzman, NCAA vice president, says the organization is fully responsible and the city of San Antonio is not to blame. San Antonio is still set to host the 2025 NCAA Men’s Final Four tournament. 


In response to the controversial inequities between the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments, Dicks Sporting Goods is sending workout equipment to help the women’s teams. 


San Antonio’s May election ballot includes a proposal to change Section 98 of the city charter. If approved, the amendment would allow for bond dollars to be spent directly on the creation/preservation of affordable housing projects. The passage could include possible funding for the construction of affordable housing and a homeless shelter, rehabilitation of existing housing stock and land banks. 



According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, all adults living in Texas will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. 


Of the 10,885,767 vaccine doses sent to Texas, 8,850,377 have been administered. 11.1%  of the population has received their first dose, while 10.4% have been fully vaccinated. In Bexar County, 172,425 people, 8.83% of the population, have received the first dose and 215,467 people, 11.03% of the population, have received both doses. 


On Monday night, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez reported 202,716 total COVID-19 cases and 3,071 total deaths in Bexar county. An increase of 166new cases and no new deaths were added to the count. In addition, there are 188 hospitalizations, and the positivity rate is now 2.3%, the lowest percentage since officials began tracking the virus.