Comal County Reports 68 New COVID-19 Cases, Adds 30 Backlogged Cases to Database

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Comal County reported 98 cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the county’s total to 4,693.

Sixty-eight of them are new cases, the county said in a statement. Thirty are backlogged cases now added to county data. The seven-day positivity rate stands at 13.84%.

Of all of the cases added, 27 are confirmed and 71 are probable. The total number of deceased remains 130.

The county now has 417 active, confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases. Of those, 18 are hospitalized. An additional 242 COVID-19 recoveries were reported, for 4,117 total recovered.

On Wednesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 37 COVID-19 patients. Of those, eight are in intensive care and five are on ventilators. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in county hospitals.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

New Braunfels – 61
North of Canyon Lake – 5
South of Canyon Lake – 9
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 2
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 21
Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 22
20’s – 11
30’s/40’s – 29
50’s/60’s – 30
70 and older – 6

Testing Information

As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 36,396 tests conducted
  • 3,251 confirmed cases
  • 1,439 probable cases
  • 3 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 4,693 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 3,401
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 719
South of Canyon Lake – 247
North of Canyon Lake – 161
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ride and Schertz) – 149
Fair Oaks Ranch – 16

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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