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Comal County Reports 45 New, 30 Backlogged COVID-19 Cases Thursday

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Comal County Reports 45 New, 30 Backlogged COVID-19 Cases Thursday

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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.

Comal County reported 45 new and 30 backlogged COVID-19 cases on Thursday.

Thirty are confirmed and 45 are probable cases of the virus. Forty-five of the cases are new and 30 are backlogged cases being added to county data.

The county now has 246 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus. Of those, 42 are hospitalized today. An additional 128 COVID-19 recoveries were reported today. The total recovered is 8,504. The number of deceased remains at 284.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Comal is now 49.47%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 8.49%. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage for Wednesday is 10.71%. 

On Thursday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 29 COVID-19 patients. Of those, seven are in intensive care and six 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 – 37
  • North of Canyon Lake – 7
  • South of Canyon Lake – 6
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 12
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 13
  • Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 10 (includes one infant under 12 months)
  • 20’s – 13
  • 30’s/40’s – 21
  • 50’s/60’s – 22
  • 70 and older – 9

Testing Information

As of Thursday morning, Public Health reports

  • 65,042 tests conducted
  • 4,756 confirmed cases
  • 4,259 probable cases
  • 19 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 9,034 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 6,526
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,284
  • South of Canyon Lake – 502
  • North of Canyon Lake – 397
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 282
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 43

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 check 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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