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Canyon Lake Man Dies of COVID-19 as Comal County Adds 55 New Cases

Residents wishing to be tested for COVID-19 can call Comal County's dedicated hotline, 830-221-1120 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment. Testing is only done on Tuesday and Friday, by appointment only. There is no testing scheduled for Friday due to the New Year holiday. Call the Public Health Department to find out if you qualify for a COVID-19 vaccination.

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

Testing Information

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 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 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 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.


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