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Comal County Reports 114 New COVID-19 Cases, Three Deaths

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Comal County today reported 114 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths from the virus.

In a statement, the county said 38 are confirmed cases and 75 are probable cases. One is a suspect case.

Dead are:

  • A New Braunfels woman in her 60’s who died Jan. 18 at a New Braunfels hospital
  • A New Braunfels man in his 60s on Jan. 21 at a New Braunfels hospital
  • A New Braunfels woman in her 50s who died Jan. 23 at a New Braunfels hospital

The county now has 713 active, confirmed-and-probable cases. Of those, 81 are hospitalized. The total number of deceased is now 242.

Total recovered is 6,818.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 51.13%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 6.41%. Trauma Service P — which includes Comal County — is at 23.72%.

On Tuesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 80 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 23 are in intensive care and 18 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 – 87
North of Canyon Lake – 7
South of Canyon Lake – 5
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 1
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 14
Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 19
20’s – 16
30’s/40’s – 36
50s/60s – 37
70 and older – 6

Testing Information

As of Tuesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 56,471 tests conducted
  • 4,267 confirmed cases
  • 3,494 probable cases
  • 12 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 7,659 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 5,691
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,095
South of Canyon Lake – 421
North of Canyon Lake – 309
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 226
Fair Oaks Ranch – 31

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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