Number of Active Cases Surges to 690 as Comal County Adds 99 New COVID-19 Cases Wednesday
COVID-19 case counts surged again in Comal County on Wednesday, with 99 new cases added. Twenty-one of the 690 residents with active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus are hospitalized.
The number of active cases confirmed by Comal County on Tuesday was 626 and nine of those were hospitalized. The total number COVID-19 reported since March of 2020 rose from 12,265 on Tuesday to 12,364 today.
In a statement issued today, Comal County Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said sixty-one of the new cases are confirmed and 38 are probable.
Thirty-five recoveries were added today, for a total of 11,399. The number of deceased remains 335.
On Wednesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 42 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 11 are in intensive care and four 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 Tueday is 9.32%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 6.79%. The TSA P percentage is 8.06%.
Location Breakdown of New Cases
- New Braunfels – 63
- North of Canyon Lake – 10
- South of Canyon Lake – 12
- South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 2
- Bulverde/Spring Branch – 12
- Fair Oaks – 0
Age Range of New Cases
- Under 20 – 15
- 20s – 21
- 30’s/40’s – 26
- 50s/60s – 31
- 70 and older – 6
As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports
- 122,043 tests conducted
- 6,699 confirmed cases
- 5,641 probable cases
- 24 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
Of the 12,364 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:
- New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 8,730
- Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,789
- South of Canyon Lake – 743
- North of Canyon Lake – 611
- Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 435
- Fair Oaks Ranch – 56
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 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.