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Large case count reported Sunday due to data lag for Nueces county

Posted at 3:59 PM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 21:59:06-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Nueces County Health Department reported more than 1,100 coronavirus cases Sunday, but that's not because there was a massive surge of cases.

The number reported Sunday for Nueces County was 1,171 new coronavirus cases, which would have been a new daily record.

The county's public health director told KRIS 6 News the majority of those cases involved people who were tested around the end of July. The state just sent the results of those tests to the county yesterday. The late reported numbers involved people who had traveled to the valley to be tested.

Now the county is trying to find out why the state is releasing their test results so late.

"So we're trying to figure out why, you know... who contacted these individuals and how this is going to work in the future because it's not very efficient, to say the least," said Nueces County Director of Public Health Annette Rodriguez.

The county is also concerned that these late test results could skew studies being conducted by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi researchers who are tracking the spread of the pandemic.