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Another Two COVID-19 Deaths Reported on Friday, 88 in Comal Hospitals

Comal County's COVID-19 dashboard for Friday, Aug. 13. To schedule a COVID-19 test or vaccination, contact Comal County's Public Health Office at 830-221-1150.

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

Testing Information

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 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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