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Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy found dead had tested positive for COVID-19

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar  has revealed that a deputy found dead today had tested positive this week for COVID-19.   The 27-year veteran of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has been identified as Timothy De La Fuente.

Sheriff’s Javier Salazar says De La Fuente was not exhibiting any symptoms when he was tested Tuesday for the novel coronavirus as part of the ramp up of testing inmates and deputies assigned to the Bexar County Jail.  De La Fuente called in sick Wednesday and Thursday.

Salazar says the 53-year-old deputy was getting ready to go to the doctor’s office with his wife when he collapsed.  His wife found him and called 9-1-1.

De La Fuente died not knowing that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

“Last night or this morning, Metro Health and STRAC had become aware that he tested positive and he was to be notified later today, but they never did get a chance to notify him of that positive result,” said Salazar.

The Bexar County  Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the exact cause of death.  He reportedly had underlying health conditions.

One-hundred-twenty-nine inmates and 40 deputies have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

 

 



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