Nirenberg told ABC, CNN San Antonio’s spike in younger COVID-19 hospitalizations is ‘alarming’

Nirenberg told ABC, CNN San Antonio’s spike in younger COVID-19 hospitalizations is ‘alarming’
By Madalyn Mendoza Published 11:49 am CDT, Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Mayor Ron Nirenberg joined Amy Robach on ABC's "GMA3" early Monday and then Don Lemon on "CNN Tonight" in the evening. In each of the conversations, he discussed the "spike" in infections, which he attributed to more activities being introduced as Texas reopens. less Mayor…

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    Mayor Ron Nirenberg joined Amy Robach on ABC’s “GMA3” early Monday and then Don Lemon on “CNN Tonight” in the evening. In each of the conversations, he discussed the “spike” in infections, which he attributed to more activities being introduced as Texas reopens.

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    Mayor Ron Nirenberg joined Amy Robach on ABC’s “GMA3” early Monday and then Don Lemon on “CNN Tonight” in the evening. In each of the conversations, he discussed the “spike” in infections, which he attributed

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Mayor Ron Nirenberg joined Amy Robach on ABC’s “GMA3” early Monday and then Don Lemon on “CNN Tonight” in the evening. In each of the conversations, he discussed the “spike” in infections, which he attributed to more activities being introduced as Texas reopens.

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Mayor Ron Nirenberg joined Amy Robach on ABC’s “GMA3” early Monday and then Don Lemon on “CNN Tonight” in the evening. In each of the conversations, he discussed the “spike” in infections, which he attributed

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Photo: Twitter Screengrab

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg shared his concern for the rise in “younger” COVID-19 patients and hospitalizations during two national TV interviews on Monday.

Nirenberg joined Amy Robach on ABC’s “GMA3” early Monday and then Don Lemon on “CNN Tonight” in the evening. In each of the conversations, he discussed the “spike” in infections, which he attributed to more activities being introduced as Texas reopens.

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In each of his discussions, he mentioned the increase in infections among the younger population. Currently, the 20-29 age demographic accounts for 22.7 percent, the highest percentage of local infections with 1009 cases. The 30-39 age group comes in close behind with 914 cases, making up 20.6 percent of cases.

“What’s most concerning, though, is that we’ve seen the largest increase in infection among 20-year-olds,” Nirenberg told Robach on Monday morning.

— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) June 15, 2020

He expanded on his concern in his interview with Lemon.

“One of the other alarming things is that we’re starting to see the demographics at the hospital change, we’re starting to see younger people end up in the hospital,” Nirenberg said. “And while they may survive an illness, younger people are going to be stuck with a pretty hefty medical bill at the end of it.”

“What we are seeing right now is actually data coming in from two weeks after the reopening began,” says San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg about the rise in coronavirus hospitalizations in Texas. https://t.co/CaNHyKnn5P pic.twitter.com/BHV8BgzEQg

— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) June 16, 2020

Nirenberg said more cases were expected as the state reopened, but what he didn’t want to see was a spike in severity of illnesses, which hospitalization statistics are proving is happening.

Nirenberg told Lemon the current data stems from the two weeks after Texas began reopening in May. He said any possible cases attributed to recent protests against racial injustices and police brutality are not part of the spike. The mayor said from the times he’s been at the demonstrations, he saw a “vast majority” of protesters wearing masks.

“They (protesters) are very conscious of the health impact,” he added. “I think what we’re seeing is a lot of transmission is occurring because of reopened activities.”

Madalyn Mendoza covers news and puro pop culture for MySA.com | mmendoza@mysa.com | @maddyskye

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