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Ninety New Cases of COVID-19, One Death Added Over July 4 Holiday

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Ninety New Cases of COVID-19, One Death Added Over July 4 Holiday

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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. Image courtesy of Comal County.

Comal County in a statement today said 90 new COVID-19 cases and one death were reported over the four-day 4th of July holiday.

A New Braunfels man in his 80s died on July 2. No further details are available. The total number of deceased is now 328.

There are no confirmed cases of the highly contagious Delta variant in the county.

Fifty-one of the new cases are confirmed and 39 are probable, Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said. There are 272 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus in the county. Of those, eight are hospitalized.

Another 66 COVID-19 recoveries were reported, bringing total recovered to 10,899.

The county’s seven-day molecular positivity rate for Wednesday is 5.1%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 7.48%. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage is 2.83%.

On Wednesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 16 COVID-19 patients. Of those, four are in intensive care and two 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 – 68
  • North of Canyon Lake – 7
  • South of Canyon Lake – 3
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 1
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 11
  • Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 16 (includes three infants under 12 months of age)
  • 20s – 21
  • 30’s/40’s – 28
  • 50s/60s – 18
  • 70 and older -7

Testing Information

As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 112,594 tests conducted
  • 6,156 confirmed cases
  • 5,319 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 11,499 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 8,190
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,644
  • South of Canyon Lake – 649
  • North of Canyon Lake – 548
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 413
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 55

Vaccinations

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

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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