Canyon Lake Man Dies of COVID-19 as Comal County Adds 55 New Cases
A Canyon Lake man died of COVID-19 on Tuesday, Dec. 29, Comal County said today in a statement.
No further details are available. Yesterday, the county also reported the death of a Canyon Lake woman in her 70’s who passed away from the virus on Nov. 25.
The county also reported 55 new cases of COVID-19 and 274 recoveries. Ten of the new cases are confirmed and 45 are probable. There are now 679 active, confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases. Of those, 49 are hospitalized.
The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 21.72%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 18.94%.
On Wednesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 76 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 17 are in intensive care and 11 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 – 44
North of Canyon Lake – 5
South of Canyon Lake – 0
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 0
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 6
Fair Oaks – 0
Age Range of New Cases
Under 20 – 2
20’s – 9
30’s/40’s – 17
50s/60s – 13
70 and older – 14
As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports
- 42,789 tests conducted
- 3,888 confirmed cases
- 2,280 probable cases
- 9 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
Of the 6,177 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:
New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 4,477
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 913
South of Canyon Lake – 338
North of Canyon Lake – 242
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 184
Fair Oaks Ranch – 23
“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 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 towards the total case tally. Supportive laboratory evidence means:
- Detection of specific antibody in serum, plasma or whole blood.
- Detection of specific antigen by immunocytochemistry in an autopsy specimen.