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Metro Health to separate current cases and deaths from backlogged cases and deaths older than 14 days

Published on Friday, September 4, 2020

Metro Health to separate current cases and deaths from backlogged cases and deaths older than 14 days

CONTACT: For members of the media, please contact:

Laura Mayes, City of San Antonio (210) 207-1337
Michelle Vigil, City of San Antonio (210) 207-8172


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COVID-19 Hotline (210) 207-5779


SAN ANTONIO (September 4, 2020) — Starting Sunday, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) will streamline its COVID-19 data by reporting only current new cases and deaths on a daily basis and reporting all cases and deaths older than 14 days on a weekly basis. Recently, the Texas Department of State Health Services provided local health departments with the following guidance:
So that state and local COVID-19 data will most accurately reflect the current situation in your community, we encourage you to report cases arising from older testing as backlogged cases, and more recent cases as new. This will help us ensure that estimates of active and recovered patients are as accurate as possible.
Metro Health will report backlogged cases in aggregate every Sunday at 7:00 p.m. on Demographic data of backlogged cases and deaths will also be reported on the City’s COVID-19 website on Sunday night, along with whether those cases are associated with congregate settings.
“The public relies on our daily updates to understand the current extent of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community, and the inclusion of past cases and deaths confuses this,” said Assistant City Manager and Interim Metro Health Director Dr. Colleen Bridger. “We want to make sure the public gets up-to-date information from these daily reports so they can best determine how to reduce their risk.”
The State provides Metro Health with death information obtained from death certificates and other sources, which Metro Health then investigates to confirm whether the deaths are COVID-19-related.


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Author: Melanie Morales (GPA)

Categories: City News, Health, COVID