Bexar County reports 157 COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths. Here’s what we know.

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Coronavirus in San Antonio | Illustration by Henry Keller
Coronavirus in San Antonio | Illustration by Henry Keller (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – Mayor Ron Nirenberg said Sunday that Bexar County has 157 positive cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Seventeen new cases were added to the county’s tally Sunday, with more coming from community transmission.

The county death toll remained at 5 with no new deaths reported on Saturday or Sunday, and 39 patients are currently in the hospital, Nirenberg said. At a daily press briefing, Nirenberg added that he doesn’t believe two days without a death is enough evidence to suggest the virus has dissipated locally.

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More than one-third of the 157 patients, 55 in total, have contracted the virus in the community, meaning investigators couldn’t trace the source of exposure to travel or close contact with an infected individual. Community spread indicates the risk of exposure to the general public is higher than when only travel-related and close-contact cases are known.

As of 7 p.m. Saturday, the Metro Health Lab, which conducts testing for multiple surrounding counties, had tested 564 people, with 54 positive results and one inconclusive result.

The county reported its fourth and fifth deaths on Thursday.

Of the remaining cases confirmed in Bexar County, 61 were travel-related, 21 were exposed through close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and 12 are still under investigation, according to the city’s COVID-19 website.

Private labs run by Labcorp and Quest are also performing tests, although those numbers are unavailable. Case figures are expected to continue to rise as the testing is expanded.

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The following tables show the breakdown of cases by source of exposure, age and gender.

As of 3/29/2020Number
Total Confirmed Cases in Bexar County157
Travel-Related cases61
Exposure by close contact with others who previously tested positive for COVID-1921
Exposure by community transmission55
Source of exposure still under investigation20
Age GroupNumber of Cases (as of 3/29/20)% of Total Cases
Gender of patientNumber of Cases (as of 3/29/20)% of Cases

(This article was updated March 30, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.)

JBSA-Lackland Evacuees

The San Antonio total does not include the American evacuees who were under federal quarantine orders at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

In February and March, the base was used to house 387 American citizens who were evacuated from Wuhan, China, and from two cruise ships -- the Diamond Princess from Japan, and the Grand Princess, which docked in California.

Fifteen of the quarantined evacuees tested positive for COVID-19 while in San Antonio.

As of March 25, all of the evacuees had been medically-cleared and released from quarantine.