Another Two COVID-19 Deaths Reported on Friday, 88 in Comal Hospitals
Two more COVID-19 deaths, 88 hospitalizations in Comal County hospitals reported today.
Comal County’s Public Health Department said in a statement another 108 new COVID-19 cases were added, bringing the county’s total to 13,911.
Seventy-two of the new cases are confirmed and 35 are probable.
A Spring Branch man in his 50s died on Aug. 8 at a San Antonio hospital. A New Braunfels woman in her 70s passed away on Aug. 11 at her home.
The total number of deceased is now 350.
There are now 1,344 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of COVID-19 in the county. Of those, 36 are hospitalized.
Another 68 COVID-19 recoveries were reported today, for a total of 12,217.
County hospitals are now caring for 88 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 17 are in intensive care, and nine are on ventilators. Not all patients in Comal County hospitals are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.
County Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said the seven-day molecular positivity rate for Friday is 13.78%, and the seven-day antigen positivity rate is 14.37%. The TSA P percentage is 18.51%.
Location Breakdown of New Cases
- New Braunfels – 74
- North of Canyon Lake – 5
- South of Canyon Lake – 3
- South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 7
- Bulverde/Spring Branch – 17
- Fair Oaks – 2
Age Range of New Cases
- Under 20 – 13
- 20s – 26
- 30’s/40’s – 25
- 50s/60s – 27
- 70 and older – 17
As of Friday morning, Public Health reports
- 133,226 tests conducted
- 7,654 confirmed cases
- 6,233 probable cases
- 24 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
Of the 13,911 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:
- New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 9,737
- Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 2,032
- South of Canyon Lake – 874
- North of Canyon Lake – 725
- Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 481
- Fair Oaks Ranch – 62
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.