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Comal County COVID-19 Update: 109 New Cases, Two More Deaths, 22 in ICUs and 14 on Ventilators

Residents wishing to be tested for COVID-19 can call the county’s dedicated hotline, 830-221-1120, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Two women in their 90s with underlying health conditions died in Comal County long-term residential facilities this week, Comal County said in a statement today.

The deaths are the eighth at the Heights of Bulverde (Thursday) and the third from Colonial Manor (Friday) since the outbreak began in those facilities.

Also confirmed today are another 109 cases of COVID-19, seven in residents who live south of Canyon Lake and two in north-side residents. Of the new cases, 109 are confirmed and six are probable.

Comal County’s positivity rate is now 17.68 percent, up from 17.00 percent on Thursday and 15.10 percent one week ago.

Fifty-seven people with the virus are hospitalized in area hospitals, including two in intensive care beds and 14 on ventilators. Not all of these patients are county residents and not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.

In addition to the Canyon Lake-area cases, 87 of the new cases of the virus reported today are New Braunfels-area residents and13 are from the Bulverde/Spring Branch area.

Forty-four are younger than 30, 38 are in their 30s or 40s, 21 are in their 50s or 60s, and six are older than 70.

The county also confirmed 23 more recoveries from COVID-19, for a total of 569. With 37 deaths, the county now has 1,061 active confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases. Of those, 63 are hospitalized, an increase of four.

Saturday’s Statistics

As of Saturday morning, Public Health has received reports of the following test information:
9,428 tests conducted
1,300 confirmed cases
367 probable cases

Location Breakdown

Of the 1,667 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:
1,245 from the New Braunfels area, including eastern and central Comal County
253 from western Comal County, including Bulverde and Spring Branch
87 from south of Canyon Lake
40 from north of Canyon Lake, including Fischer
37 from southern Comal County, including Garden Ridge and Schertz
5 from Fair Oaks Ranch

Probable case definition

“Probable cases” 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 following three criteria:
A positive quick-result antigen test
Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
Close contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case

A probable case is treated identically to a confirmed case and counts toward the county’s positivity rate and total case tally.

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