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Active Cases Fall to 799, 41 New COVID-19 Cases Reported Wednesday

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Active Cases Fall to 799, 41 New COVID-19 Cases Reported Wednesday

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The number of active, confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases fell to 799 Wednesday as Comal County reported 41 new cases of the virus.

Twenty-nine residents included in the active case count are hospitalized, the county said in a statement.

Twenty-four of the new cases are confirmed and 17 are probable. There are now 18,779 reported cases since March 2020. Another 80 recoveries were added Wednesday, for a total of 17,549.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 7.58%, and the seven-day antigen positivity rate is 7.57%. The TSA P percentage is 10%.

County hospitals are caring for 36 patients with COVID-19. Thirteen are in intensive care and 12 are on ventilators.

Approximately 95% of these patients are unvaccinated.

Not all patients in Comal County hospitals are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

  • New Braunfels – 31
  • North of Canyon Lake – 2
  • South of Canyon Lake – 2
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 0
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 6
  • Fair Oaks -0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 14
  • 20’s – 4
  • 30’s/40’s – 11
  • 50’s/60’s – 11
  • 70 and older – 1

Testing Information

As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 178,090 tests conducted
  • 10,776 confirmed cases
  • 7,979 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 18,779 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 12,601
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 3,047
  • South of Canyon Lake – 1,318
  • North of Canyon Lake – 1,095
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 632
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 86

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.

Those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and qualify for a third dose can call to schedule an appointment for a vaccine.

Appointments can be made by calling 830-221-1150.

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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