Officials with the City of Corpus Christi and Nueces County held their daily news briefing at 5 p.m. Thursday to provide updates on COVID-19 in the Coastal Bend. Watch it here
Could Nueces County finally be seeing a flattening of our coronavirus curve?
Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales seems to think so. The judge said her recent order to extend restrictions at area beaches is a step in the right direction in bringing our coronavirus case count down.
Canales cited the recent drop in the county's seven-day average of coronavirus cases is proof that we are one step closer to controlling the outbreak in the Coastal Bend.
It's been two weeks since Canales issued the first order restricting vehicular access to our Gulf beaches. She extended that order yet again as we enter August.
During today's briefing, City Manager Peter Zanoni laid out the statistics saying that with today's case count, we've achieved a new lower seven-day average, but we still have plenty of room for improvement.
"When you look at the graph that 502 number from July 22, the eyeball looks like 200 cases a day and seven-day average is 222, we've been stuck in that 200 range," Zanoni said.
"What we know are these facts, Easter weekend we had a beach order, and we didn't see a spike," Canales said. "Memorial Day weekend we didn't have a beach order and we did see a spike after Memorial Day."
County leaders want you to know that the worst is not yet over. Nueces County still remains at number nine across Texas in the total number of cases per capita.
Our local hospitals are also still asking for help when it comes to staffing. As the number of coronavirus patients holds steady with 387 people currently in the hospital.