The coronavirus caseload shot up by nearly 500 cases on Tuesday.

With 469 new cases on Tuesday, Bexar County saw its highest single-day increase since Aug. 2. A portion of the positives reported Tuesday, however, came from batch results released by area labs. Those tests were administered between Sept. 15 and 23. Still, 262 cases were recorded more recently, and even that’s an outlier when compared to recent figures. It would be the highest increase in September.

“Tonight is an important reminder as to why we pay close attention to the seven-day rolling average in our numbers to get an accurate assessment of where we are in this pandemic,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said at a Tuesday briefing. “The numbers of cases that we report, one day to the next, do go back and forth.”

The increase of 469 cases brought the seven-day rolling average of new cases in Bexar County up from 138 to 178.

Despite the nearly 500 cases added to the record, the county’s progress and warning indicators are still moving in the right direction, said Colleen Bridger, the interim director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. That includes the local testing and contact tracing capacity, hospital trends, and the decreasing positivity rate.

Five deaths were added to the toll on Tuesday; 1,135 Bexar County residents have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Area hospitals are treating 230 patients, an increase of 10 from Monday, with 81 in intensive care and 29 on ventilators. Thirteen percent of hospital beds are available, along with 72 percent of ventilators.

JJ Velasquez

JJ Velasquez

JJ Velasquez is a columnist at the San Antonio Report. A former reporter and editor at the SA Report, he currently works as a project manager for New York City-based Advance Local.