Mayor Ron Nirenberg took to Twitter to announce that temporary lodging for COVID-19 patients will be made available for those in San Antonio, Texas that is attempting to recover from COVID-19. If you’re in need of a place to safely recover from the virus, call the COVID-19 hotline at 210-207-5779.

The mayor’s announcement and the city’s lodging policy is coming into play as cases in San Antonio climb into the 600’s.  As of Thursday night, there were 615 cases in San Antonio; 92 people have fully recovered, 85 are hospitalized, 55 are in intensive care and 42 patients are on ventilators. (*Note: this was the latest number as of Thursday, April 9, 2020)

Nirenberg also added that the city currently has 506 ventilators available throughout the city, with 2,100 more ventilators on order with the state of Texas.

The city has also announced a new drive-thru testing procedure at Freeman Coliseum. The mayor explains that a doctor’s recommendation to be tested for COVID-19 is no longer a stipulation to be tested. However, anyone that is interested in being tested must still call 210-233-5970 and complete the registration process.

Nirenberg explains that “Based on the influx of calls, those who present with symptoms commonly found in COVID-19 – fever, dry cough, shortness of breath – will be prioritized”

As the city continues in attempts to flatten the curve of disease and encourage social distancing, the city leaders of San Antonio have approved an extension of the Stay Home order on Thursday, April 9th. This order will remain in place until April 30.