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