SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – San Antonio Metro Health reported 19 more coronavirus-related deaths Thursday. Thirteen of those deaths occurred during the past three weeks, but the coronavirus was not discovered until the Bexar County Medical Examiner conducted tests as part of the Postmortem Surveillance Program.
“If a person passes away and has a reported history of signs and symptoms of COVID-19, but lacks documentation of a test being done, the medical examiner in partnership with Metro Health, tests them postmortem and reports findings to Metro Health,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg explained at the COVID-19 briefing Thursday evening.
He said it takes time to go over all of the data.
“These deaths occurred over the last three weeks, and Metro Health verifies all that data to confirm that there are no duplicate cases reported,” said Nirenberg.
The latest information brings the COVID-19 death toll in Bexar County to 165. The number of positive cases since the pandemic began has reached 17, 679 with Thursday’s addition of 954 cases.
The number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals increased to 1,216 with 399 in ICU and 231 on ventilators. That leaves 45 percent of ventilators available and 11 percent of staffed hospital beds.
Dr. Junda Woo with Metro Health revealed that 66 residents and one employee at Windsor Mission Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in the city’s South Side have tested positive for COVID-19. She said most are exhibiting no symptoms and the families of all of the residents have been notified.