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Comal County Adds 36 New COVID-19 Cases Friday, Reports 525 Active Cases

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Comal County Adds 36 New COVID-19 Cases Friday, Reports 525 Active Cases

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Residents who wish to be tested or vaccinated for COVID-19 should call Comal County's Public Health Office at 830-221-1150. File image.

Comal County reported 36 new COVID-19 cases today as its active case count rose to 525.

Eleven of the new cases are in residents under the age of 20, including two infants under 12 months of age, Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said in a statement.

There are now 525 active, confirmed-and-probable cases in Comal County. Of those, 20 are hospitalized.

Sixteen recoveries were added today, for a total of 11,226. The number of deceased remains 334.

On Friday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 29 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 10 are in intensive care and six are on ventilators. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Friday is 11.38%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 7.08%. The TSA P percentage is 5.88%.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

  • New Braunfels – 25
  • North of Canyon Lake – 0
  • South of Canyon Lake – 1
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 2
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 8
  • Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 11
  • 20s – 8
  • 30’s/40’s – 10
  • 50s/60s – 7
  • 70 and older – 0

Testing Information

As of Friday morning, Public Health reports

  • 118,609 tests conducted
  • 6,518 confirmed cases
  • 5,543 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 12,085 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 8,559
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,736
  • South of Canyon Lake – 712
  • North of Canyon Lake – 591
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 430
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 56

Vaccinations

Comal County’s Public Health Department is now administering Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to those 18 years and older on Fridays and Pfizer vaccines for anyone 12 years and older on Thursdays.

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 the 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 toward the total case tally. Supportive laboratory evidence means:

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

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