Another 173 New COVID-19 Cases, One Death Reported in Comal County Thursday
Comal County reported 173 new cases of COVID-19 today and confirmed the Aug. 17 death of a New Braunfels man in his 70s who passed away at a New Braunfels hospital.
Of the new cases, 143 are confirmed and 30 are probable, the county said in a statement. Total deceased is now 354. A total of 202 recoveries were reported, for a total of 12,815.
Thirty-seven of the new cases are in residents under the age of 20. Two of those are infants under 12 months of age.
In a statement, Comal County Public Infomation Officer Cary Zayas said there are now 1,337 active, confirmed-and-probable cases in the county. Of those 25 residents are hospitalized.
County hospitals are caring for 93 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 24 are in intensive care, and 16 are on ventilators.
Approximately 92% 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.
The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Thursday is 12.4%, and the seven-day antigen positivity rate is 9.33%. The TSA P percentage is 19.98%.
Location Breakdown of New Cases
- New Braunfels – 111
- North of Canyon Lake – 11
- South of Canyon Lake – 14
- South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 10
- Bulverde/Spring Branch – 26
- Fair Oaks – 1
Age Range of New Cases
- Under 20 – 37 (includes two infants under 12 months of age)
- 20s – 24
- 30’s/40’s – 55
- 50s/60s – 50
- 70 and older – 7
As of Thursday morning, Public Health reports
- 138,398 tests conducted
- 8,060 confirmed cases
- 6,422 probable cases
- 24 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
Of the 14,506 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:
- New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 10,116
- Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 2,147
- South of Canyon Lake – 919
- North of Canyon Lake – 763
- Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 497
- Fair Oaks Ranch – 64
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 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.