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Man in 50s confirmed as sixth COVID-19 death in Bexar County

Patient had underlying health issues, officials say

A nurse holds a swabs and test tube kit to test people for COVID-19, the disease that is caused by the new coronavirus, at a drive through station set up in a hospital parking lot.
A nurse holds a swabs and test tube kit to test people for COVID-19, the disease that is caused by the new coronavirus, at a drive through station set up in a hospital parking lot. (Paul Sancya/AP)

SAN ANTONIO – A man in his 50s with underlying health conditions died of COVID-19 at Methodist Northeast Hospital, according to city and county officials.

The man was hospitalized for “an unrelated health issue” and died there while receiving treatment, according to a news release sent Monday. Officials did not say how long he was in the hospital or how he contracted the virus.

The patient is the first man and sixth person to die from complications related to the virus in Bexar County, according to data provided by San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.

The first death in Bexar County was reported on March 22, when a woman in her 80s with several underlying health conditions died at an area hospice facility.

Two days later, a woman in her 40s, a St. Luke Catholic Church employee, died in University Hospital.

On March 25, the city confirmed the third COVID-19 death, a woman in her 50s with underlying health issues who died at Mission Trails Baptist Hospital. Two additional deaths were confirmed the following day.

As of Sunday, the county reported 157 COVID-19 cases in Bexar County. More than a third have been contracted through community spread, the numbers showed.

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

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.

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