Tuesday: Comal County Reports 60 New COVID-19 Cases, Two Deaths

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Comal County’s COVID-19 grew by 60 cases today, and two more deaths were reported.

A New Braunfels man in his 70s passed away in a New Braunfels hospital on Nov. 23. A New Braunfels man in his 80s passed away on Nov. 15.

Another backlogged case was added to the county’s database, Comal County said in a statement.

Twenty-five of the cases are confirmed and 35 cases are probable.

The seven-day positivity rate for Tuesday in Comal County is 9.63%. The county now has 403 active, confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases. Of those, 16 are hospitalized. The seven-day positivity rate for the State of Texas is 12.38%.

The county reported another 56 recoveries, for a total of 3,888. The total number of deceased is now 127.

On Tuesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 29 COVID-19 patients. Ten are in intensive care and seven are on ventilators. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents. Not all Comal County residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in county hospitals.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

New Braunfels – 50
North of Canyon Lake – 1
South of Canyon Lake – 1
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 1
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 7
Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 5
20’s -7
30’s/40’s – 16
50’s/60’s – 15
70 and older – 17

Testing Information

As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 34,706 tests conducted
  • 3,150 confirmed cases
  • 1,265 probable cases
  • 3 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 4,418 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 3,215
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 665
South of Canyon Lake – 227
North of Canyon Lake – 154
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ride and Schertz) – 143
Fair Oaks Ranch – 14

Probable Cases

“Probable case” is a category established by the Texas Department of State Health Services to describe those who do not have a positive PCR test for COVID-19 but meet two of the three criteria:

  • Meets clinical criteria and epidemiologic linkage with no confirmatory laboratory testing performed for SARS-CoV-2.
  • Meets presumptive laboratory evidence, which is detection of SARS-CoV-2 by antigen test in a respiratory specimen.
  • Meets vital records criteria with no confirmatory laboratory evidence for SARS-CoV-2.

A probable case is treated identically to a confirmed case and counts toward the county’s positivity rate and total case tally.

Suspected Cases

A ‘suspect’ case meets supportive laboratory evidence with no prior history of being a confirmed or probable case. It is also counted towards the total case tally. Supportive laboratory evidence means:

  • Detection of specific antibody in serum, plasma or whole blood.
  • Detection of specific antigen by immunocytochemistry in an autopsy specimen.

 

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