Total Recovered from COVID-19 Nears 10,000 as Comal’s Daily Case Count Falls to 15

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Comal County added 15 additional cases of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the county total to 10,641.

Twelve are confirmed and three are probable cases of the virus.

There are now 322 active, confirmed-and-probable cses of the virus in Comal County. Of those,eight are hospitalized.

Another 23 COVID-19 recoveries were reported today, for a total of 9,999 The number of deceased remains 320.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Friday is 4.80%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 4.92%. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage is 3.45%.

On Friday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 14 COVID-19 patients. Of those, five 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 – 10
  • North of Canyon Lake – 2
  • South of Canyon Lake – 2
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 0
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 1
  • Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 4
  • 20s – 2
  • 30’s/40’s – 4
  • 50s/60s – 5
  • 70 and older -0

Testing Information

As of Friday morning, Public Health reports

  • 93,655 tests conducted
  • 5,671 confirmed cases
  • 4,946 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 10,641 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 7,545
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,556
  • South of Canyon Lake – 606
  • North of Canyon Lake – 504
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) –377
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 53

Vaccines

The Public Health Department administers the Moderna vaccine, which is used for those 18 years-of-age and older. Vaccines will be distributed to the public as they are received by Comal County and according to all state distribution guidelines.

To schedule a vaccine, visit mycomalcounty.com. Anyone interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at May 19 clinic can register here.

Comal County’s last mass COVID-19-vaccine clinic is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 19 with a final, second-dose clinic scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Braunfels Convention Center, 375 S. Castell.

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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