San Antonio, Bexar County sees uptick in reported COVID-19 related deaths for Sunday

524 new COVID-19 cases, 16 deaths were announced

Visitors, some wearing masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19, ride a river barge along the River Walk, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in San Antonio. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared masks or face coverings must be worn in public across most of the state as local officials across the state say their hospitals are becoming increasingly stretched and are in danger of becoming overrun as cases of the coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio and Bexar County saw an uptick in reported COVID-19 related deaths on Sunday.

According to the city’s website, 16 additional deaths were announced. Thirteen of those deaths happened between July 4 - July 22 but weren’t reported to the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District until Sunday, officials said. The death toll now stands at 368.

Health officials also announced 524 new COVID-19 cases. Metro Health said the total case count is currently 41,082, which is 95 cases less than what was reported on Saturday.

Metro Health said the reason behind the decrease in the overall total number of cases is due to its preparation for converting to the Texas Health Trace data system this week and removing duplicates. The full statement from Metro Health can be read below:

“Today, the City of San Antonio is reporting 524 new cases of COVID-19. However, in preparation for converting to the Texas Health Trace data system this week, Metro Health has re-screened and removed duplicate cases resulting from people testing at multiple different facilities. In sum, the total number of cases has decreased by 95 from yesterday’s total.”

Numbers on the city’s website indicate that hospitalizations saw slight increases, however, capacity is starting to expand in area hospitals.

The city website says 879 patients are hospitalized due to COVID-19 on Sunday.

Of those patients, 357 are in the intensive care unit and 246 patients are on ventilators.

As of Saturday, 18% of staffed hospital beds and 53% of ventilators are available in Bexar County.

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