San Antonio: 5,501 new COVID cases does not indicate a massive spike in Bexar County

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SAN ANTONIO, TX (July 16, 2020) – San Antonio Metro Health reported 5,501 additional COVID-19 cases in Bexar County tonight, but only 691 of the cases are new tonight. The remainder is the result of a backlog in the reporting process, largely attributed to complications with a new process that involves testing labs sending results to the State of Texas, which then sends them to Metro Health.

 "We have worked out the kinks in the reporting process," said Dr. Colleen Bridger, Assistant City Manager and Interim Director of Metro Health. "The important thing to note is that the backlog did not affect patient notification. All of the patients who tested positive were notified by the lab within three or four days, so this backlog did not affect patients learning their test results."

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 The high case count does mean that the numbers of new cases each day over the past week should have been higher than were reported at the time. With the 5,501 additional cases, Bexar County now has 27,047 total cases of COVID-19.

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