Comal County Reports 57 New Cases, 13 Deaths from COVID-19
Comal County today reported 57 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths from the virus. Two of the dead lived in Canyon Lake.
In a statement, the county said 11 of the new cases are confirmed cases and 46 are probable cases.
- A Spring Branch woman in her 70s who died on Jan. 5 at a New Braunfels hospital
- A Canyon Lake man in his 50s who died on Jan. 12 at a San Antonio hospital
- A New Braunfels woman in her 50s who died on Jan. 14 at a New Braunfels hospital
- A New Braunfels man in his 60s who died on Jan. 16 at a New Braunfels hospital
- A Spring Branch man in 60s who died on Jan. 17 at a New Braunfels hospital
- A Canyon Lake man in his 80s who died on Jan. 17 at a New Braunfels hospital
- A New Braunfels man in his 80s who died on Jan. 18
- A New Braunfels woman in her 80s who died on Jan. 18
- A New Braunfels man in his 70s who died at a New Braunfels hospital
- A New Braunfels woman in her 90s who died on Jan. 20
- A New Braunfels woman in her 70s who died on Jan. 21
- A New Braunfels woman in her 90s who died on Jan. 23
- A New Braunfels woman in her 80s who died on Jan. 24
The county now has a 620 active, confirmed-and-probable cases. Of those, 94 are hospitalized. The total number of deceased is now 255.
Total recovered is 7,269. The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 44.34%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 5.90%. Trauma Service P — which includes Comal County — is at 19.45%.
On Monday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 58 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 26 are in intensive care and 15 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 – 26
North of Canyon Lake – 12
South of Canyon Lake – 4
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 1
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 13
Fair Oaks – 1
Age Range of New Cases
Under 20 – 17 (includes two infants under the age of 12 months)
20’s – 5
30’s/40’s – 19
50s/60s – 7
70 and older – 9
As of Monday morning, Public Health reports
- 60,474 tests conducted
- 4,313 confirmed cases
- 3,817 probable cases
- 14 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
Of the 8,144 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:
New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 5,960
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,132
South of Canyon Lake – 444
North of Canyon Lake – 343
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 232
Fair Oaks Ranch – 33
“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.
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.