City officials on Saturday confirmed 10 additional cases of coronavirus, bringing the total in San Antonio to 39.

Of the 39 positive cases, nine remain under investigation to determine whether those infected recently traveled outside of the city, were in close contact with someone who tested positive, or are considered community spread, meaning transmission could not be traced to a known exposure to the virus, according to local surveillance reports.

“[The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District] will remain vigilant to slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay home if you can, wash your hands regularly and remember, together we will get through this difficult time,” health department director Dawn Emerick said. “Only buy what you need at grocery stores and leave some for our health care workers, first responders and most vulnerable residents.”

So far, 16 cases are said to be travel-related, and five cases were confirmed in people who had close contact with someone who tested positive after traveling outside of San Antonio. Nine confirmed cases are considered community transmission.

No coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Bexar County.

Metro Health is reporting positive cases from its City-run lab, in addition to those reported by local private labs, including Quest and Pro Lab.

Because private labs do not disclose the total number of tests they run, the only numbers available to the community regarding the number of people who tested negative for the virus in San Antonio are those processed by the local health authority.

In addition to San Antonio and Bexar County, Metro Health processes coronavirus tests for surrounding counties and municipalities, but any positive tests outside of Bexar County are not included in its total confirmed cases. However, the county does include the total number of tests it runs in its reported total for number of tests administered.

In total, Metro Health has processed 293 tests, of which 258 were negative and 35 were positive. Four positive test results were reported to the health department by private labs per protocol set forth by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

As of Saturday, DSHS reports that of the more than 6,500 coronavirus tests administered throughout the state, 304 people tested positive, and five people died of complications from the virus.

The total number reported by DSHS does not include the increase reported Saturday in Bexar County.

Roseanna Garza

Roseanna Garza

Roseanna Garza reports on health and bioscience for the San Antonio Report.