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Comal County Reports 46 New COVID-19 Cases Tuesday, Case Count Now Over 10,000

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Comal County Reports 46 New COVID-19 Cases Tuesday, Case Count Now Over 10,000

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Another 2,000 Comal County residents received the second dose of the Moderna vaccine today at the New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center. The county also has begun vaccinating the homebound. Those 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 Tuesdays and Fridays, by appointment only. Image courtesy of Comal County.

Comal County reported 46 new COVID-19 cases today.

Thirty-five are confirmed and 11 are probable cases. Total cases for the county is now 10,022 since reporting began in March 2020.

There are now 215 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus in the county. Of those,eight are hospitalized.

Another 55 recoveries were reported, for a total of 9,495

The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Thursday is 4.5 percent. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 3.77 percent. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage for Thursday is 4.06 percent.

On Tuesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 15 COVID-19 patients. Of those, five are in intensive care and two 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 – 30
  • North of Canyon Lake – 2
  • South of Canyon Lake – 2
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 2
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 10
  • Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 10
  • 20s – 9
  • 30’s/40’s – 17
  • 50s/60s – 9
  • 70 and older – 1

Testing Information

As of Tuesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 79,027 tests conducted
  • 5,308 confirmed cases
  • 4,690 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 10,0222 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 7,124
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,472
  • South of Canyon Lake – 583
  • North of Canyon Lake – 465
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) –332
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 46

Vaccines

The Comal County COVID-19 vaccine standby list is open. All adults ages 18 and older who are interested in receiving a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should visit mycomalcounty.com or check Comal County’s Facebook page for more information about the status of the list. Vaccines will be distributed to the public as they are received by Comal County and according to distribution guidelines established by the state. To find other vaccine providers, visit dshs.texas.gov/covidvaccine.

Those who do not have a computer or need assistance can call 830-620-5575.

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.
The Comal County Health Department staff has been busy!
We’re administering another 200 COVID-19 Vaccines at the Bulverde Spring Branch Activity Center today.
Another 2,000 people will be fully vaccinated today.
Our Public Health Department is holding a mass 2nd dose vaccine clinic at the New Braunfels Civic Center.

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