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Comal County Reports 134 New COVID-19 Cases, 211 Recoveries Wednesday

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Comal County Reports 134 New COVID-19 Cases, 211 Recoveries Wednesday

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Comal County's COVID-19 dashboard for Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Comal County reported 134 new cases of COVID-19 and 211 recoveries today.

In a statement, the county said 55 are confirmed and 79 are probable cases of the virus. Two are backlogged cases being added to county data.

There are now 1,080 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus in the county. Forty-six of those residents are hospitalized.

The number of cases reported since March 2020 now stands at 18,448. Total recovered is 16,948.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 10.71%, and the seven-day antigen positivity rate is 8.85%. The TSA P percentage is 11.88%.

County hospitals are caring for 44 COVID-19 cases. Twelve patients are in intensive care and nine are on ventilators.

Approximately 89% of these patients are unvaccinated.

Not all patients in Comal County hospitals are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

  • New Braunfels – 87
  • North of Canyon Lake – 7
  • South of Canyon Lake – 12
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 6
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 22
  • Fair Oaks -0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 37
  • 20’s – 25
  • 30’s/40’s – 35
  • 50’s/60’s – 25
  • 70 and older – 12

Testing Information

As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 173,498 tests conducted
  • 10,566 confirmed cases
  • 7,858 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 18,448 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 12,386
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 2,982
  • South of Canyon Lake – 1,292
  • North of Canyon Lake – 1,076
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 629
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 83

Vaccinations

Comal County’s Public Health Department is now administering Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to those 18 years and older and Pfizer vaccines for anyone 12 years and older.

Those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and qualify for a third dose can call to schedule an appointment for a vaccine.

Appointments can be made by calling 830-221-1150.

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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