County's COVID-19 total increases by 555 after backlog reported

Posted at 11:05 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-01 01:08:43-04

Nueces County is now reporting 12,301 total confirmed cases Friday, a big jump from 11,390 on Thursday.

City Manager Peter Zanoni said it's the result of a reporting backlog from when the state began helping the county manage COVID-19 cases.

“So yesterday, for the work they did on (July) 19th through the 30th,” he said. “They basically gave us all those cases in one report — one data dump. And that constituted 555 confirmed cases that we didn't have in our database until yesterday.”

He said the backlogged numbers are now causing a domino effect that increases the previously reported positive case totals for that time period.

“Let's do Saturday — that was the 25th,” he said. “Let's start there. We reported 215, but the real number is 239. And on this date here we only reported 66 — the real number would have been 95 using the state's number that they helped us with.”

Zanoni said after discussions with the state it will hopefully start providing daily reports, which should help avoid any further reporting backlogs.