Bexar County’s verified coronavirus death toll breaks 1,000 as Metro Health seeks to erase backlog

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Bexar County’s verified death toll from the novel coronavirus broke 1,000 Sunday, and the total number of cases soared close to 50,000 as the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District worked to resolve backlogged cases on several fronts.

Metro Health reported only one new death that occurred within the last two weeks, a Hispanic male in his 80s with underlying health conditions who was a resident of Sonterra Health Center.

But the district verified another 23 deaths already reported by the state that occurred between June 25 and Aug. 17; Metro Health is reporting those older cases only once a week on Sundays.

The death toll now stands at 1,016.

While Metro Health reported only 142 new cases of the novel cornavirus Sunday, district officials added another 1,575 to the total that came from late lab results and state reporting discrepancies.

The county’s total number of positives is now at 49,915.

Routing errors from four labs delayed reporting of more than 345,000 tests results statewide until just last week, and some of the tests dated back to March, according to an email from the Texas Department of State Health Services released Sunday. More than 35,400 of the tests were positive for the virus.

The backlog of deaths is due to …

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