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Comal County’s Positivity Rate at 69.44% as 65 New Cases of COVID-19 Reported Friday

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Comal County’s Positivity Rate at 69.44% as 65 New Cases of COVID-19 Reported Friday

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Some 2,000 Comal County residents were vaccinated for COVID-19 Thursday at a county vaccine clinic at New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center. 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.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate for COVID-19 Friday is 69.44%, Comal County said in a statement.

Also reported are 65 new cases of the virus. Thirty-five of them are confirmed cases and 30 are probable cases.

The county now has 645 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of COVID-19. Of those, 52 are hospitalized. Another 46 recoveries were confirmed, for a total of 7,917. The total number of deceased remains at 269.

The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 6.90%. The Trauma Service Area (TSP) P percentage stands at 14.81%. Businesses now operating at 50% capacity may reopen at 75% capacity if the TSAP stays below the 15% mark for seven consecutive business days.

On Friday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 41 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 18 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 – 40
North of Canyon Lake – 4
South of Canyon Lake – 1
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 1
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 18
Fair Oaks – 1

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 16 (includes one infant under 12 months)
20’s – 13
30’s/40’s – 14
50’s/60’s – 16
70 and older – 6

Testing Information

As of Friday morning, Public Health reports

  • 64,056 tests conducted
  • 4,650 confirmed cases
  • 4,163 probable cases
  • 19 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 8,831 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 6,402
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,247
South of Canyon Lake – 488
North of Canyon Lake – 384
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 268
Fair Oaks Ranch – 42

Vaccines

The Comal County COVID-19 vaccine standby list is now full and closed. Residents interested in receiving a COVID-19 who meet the criteria in Phase 1A and Phase 1B of the State of Texas’ vaccination plan should visit mycomalcounty.com or Comal County’s Facebook page for more information about the status of the list.

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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