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Canyon Lake Man in His 90s Dies of COVID-19, County Reports Friday

Residents who wish to be tested or vaccinated for COVID-19 should call Comal County's Public Health Office at 830-221-1150. Image courtesy of Comal County.

A Canyon Lake man in his 90s died of COVID-19 at a New Braunfels hospital on June 30, Comal County said in a statement today.

No further details are available. The total number of deceased is now 326.

Also reported today were 20 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 11,383 since March 2020.
Eight of the new cases are confirmed and 12 are probable.

There are now 233 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of COVID-19 in Comal County. Of those, five are hospitalized.

Another 12 COVID-19 recoveries were added, bringing the total recovered to 10,824.

The county’s seven-day molecular positivity rate for Friday is 3.91%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 5.62%. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage is 2.28%.

On Friday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 15 COVID-19 patients. Of those, four are in intensive care. There are no patients 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 – 17
  • North of Canyon Lake – 0
  • South of Canyon Lake – 1
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 1
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 1
  • Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 7
  • 20s – 1
  • 30’s/40’s – 4
  • 50s/60s – 4
  • 70 and older -4

Testing Information

As of Friday morning, Public Health reports

  • 111,216 tests conducted
  • 6,090 confirmed cases
  • 5,269 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 11,383 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 8,102
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,631
  • South of Canyon Lake – 645
  • North of Canyon Lake – 540
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) –410
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 55


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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