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Comal County Reports 88 New Cases, 95 Hospitalizations from COVID-19

Residents 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 Tuesday and Friday, by appointment only.

Comal County on Tuesday reported 88 new COVID-19 cases and 41 recoveries from the virus.

Ninety-five of the 667 residents with active, confirmed-and-probable cases of COVID-19 are hospitalized. Thirty-two of the new cases are confirmed, 54 are probable and two are suspect cases.

The total number of deceased remains at 255. The total recovered is 7,310.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 41.93%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 7.35%. Trauma Service P — which includes Comal County — is at 19.66%.

On Tuesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 63 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 27 are in intensive care and 16 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 – 50
North of Canyon Lake – 7
South of Canyon Lake – 9
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 6
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 16
Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 15
20’s – 11
30’s/40’s – 29
50s/60s – 24
70 and older – 9

Testing Information

As of Tuesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 60,650 tests conducted
  • 4,345 confirmed cases
  • 3,871 probable cases
  • 16 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) – 6,010
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,148
South of Canyon Lake – 453
North of Canyon Lake – 350
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 238
Fair Oaks Ranch – 33

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 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 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.


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