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Canyon Lake Man Among 10 COVID-19 Deaths Reported by Comal County Tuesday

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Canyon Lake Man Among 10 COVID-19 Deaths Reported by Comal County Tuesday

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Comal County's COVID-19 death toll rose to 420 Tuesday. File image.

A Canyon Lake man in his 80s is among 10 Comal County residents whose COVID-19 deaths were reported by the county today.

Today’s numbers are from Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Friday was a county holiday.

Dead are:

  • A New Braunfels woman in her 50s who died on at home Aug. 17.
  • A Spring Branch man in his 60s who died Aug. 29 at a San Antonio hospital.
  • A Garden Ridge woman in her 60s who died Sept. 6 at a San Antonio hospital.
  • A Spring Branch man in his 60s who died Sept. 12 at a San Antonio hospital.
  • A New Braunfels woman in her 40s who died Sept. 15 at a New Braunfels hospital.
  • A New Braunfels woman in her 50s who died Sept. 16 at a San Antonio hospital.
  • A New Braunfels man in his 80s who died Sept. 19 at home.
  • A New Braunfels woman in her 70s who died Sept. 20 at home.
  • A Canyon Lake man in his 80s who died Sept. 20 at a San Antonio hospital.
  • A New Braunfels woman in her 40s who died Monday a New Braunfels hospital.

The total number of deceased is 420.

In a statement, the county also reported 124 new cases of the virus. Of those, 112 are confirmed and 12 are probable cases.

There are now 1,157 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus in the county. Forty-six of those residents are hospitalized.

The number of cases reported since March 2020 now stands at 18,314. Another 182 recoveries were added today, for a total of 16,737.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 9.76%, and the seven-day antigen positivity rate is 9%. The TSA P percentage is 11.72%.

County hospitals are caring for 49 COVID-19 cases. Sixteen patients are in intensive care and nine are on ventilators.

Approximately 90% 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.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

  • New Braunfels – 61
  • North of Canyon Lake – 13
  • South of Canyon Lake – 18
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 7
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 24
  • Fair Oaks -1

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 37
  • 20’s – 13
  • 30’s/40’s – 35
  • 50’s/60’s – 29
  • 70 and older – 10

Testing Information

As of Tuesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 172,347 tests conducted
  • 10,511 confirmed cases
  • 7,779 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 18,314 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 12,299
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 2,960
  • South of Canyon Lake – 1,280
  • North of Canyon Lake – 1,069
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 623
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 83

Vaccinations

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.

This includes a third dose of either vaccine for anyone who is moderate to severely immunocompromised.

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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