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Comal County Reports 37 New Cases of COVID-19 Monday

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Comal County Reports 37 New Cases of COVID-19 Monday

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Residents who wish to be tested or vaccinated for COVID-19 should call Comal County Public Health Office at 830-221-1150. File image.

Comal County reported 37 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the county’s total to 11,284 since reporting began in 2020.

In a statement, county Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said nineteen of the new cases are confirmed and 18 are probable.

There are now 215 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of COVID-19 in Comal County. Of those, 14 are hospitalized.

Another 26 recoveries from the virus also were reported, bringing the total recovered to 10,744 cases.

The total number of deceased remains 325.

The county’s seven-day molecular positivity rate for Monday is 3.87%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 5.63%. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage is 2.5%.

On Monday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 14 COVID-19 patients. Of those, four are in intensive care. One is on a ventilator. 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 – 30
  • North of Canyon Lake – 1
  • South of Canyon Lake – 2
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 2
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 2
  • Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 7
  • 20s – 4
  • 30’s/40’s – 17
  • 50s/60s – 8
  • 70 and older -1

Testing Information

As of Monday morning, Public Health reports

  • 108,845 tests conducted
  • 6,035 confirmed cases
  • 5,225 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 11,284 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 8,023
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,622
  • South of Canyon Lake – 642
  • North of Canyon Lake – 534
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) –408
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 55

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.

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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