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Comal County Reports 48 Additional COVID-19 Cases Wednesday

Comal County administered 1,000 second doses of COVID-19 vaccine today at New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center. 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 48 additional cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total to 8,959.

Thirty-nine are confirmed cases. Nine are probable cases. Forty-four are new cases and four are backlogged cases being added to county data.

The total number of deceased is 284.

On Tuesday, Comal County reported the deaths of a New Braunfels man in his 60s, a New Braunfels woman in her 40s, a New Braunfels woman in her 80s, a New Braunfels woman in her 60s, a New Braunfels man in his 70s and a Bulverde man in his 80s.

As of today the county has 299 active, confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases. Of those, 60 are hospitalized. Another 113 recoveries were reported, bringing the total recovered to 8,376.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Comal is now 42.47%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 5.08%. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage for Wednesday is 11.67%. 

On Wednesday Comal County hospitals reported caring for 33 COVID-19 patients. Of those, nine are in intensive care and seven are on ventilators.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

  • New Braunfels – 40
  • North of Canyon Lake – 0
  • South of Canyon Lake – 1
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 0
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 7
  • Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 5
  • 20’s – 6
  • 30’s/40’s – 16
  • 50’s/60’s – 17
  • 70 and older – 4

Testing Information

As of Monday morning, Public Health reports

  • 64,983 tests conducted
  • 4,726 confirmed cases
  • 4,214 probable cases
  • 19 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 8,959 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 6,489
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,271
  • South of Canyon Lake – 496
  • North of Canyon Lake – 390
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 270
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 43


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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