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Comal County Reports 89 COVID-19 Cases, 11 Deaths and 112 Recoveries

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Comal County today confirmed 89 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths from the virus.

In a statement, the county said 32 are new cases and 57 are backlogged just added to county data. Nine of the cases are confirmed and 80 are probable. Another 112 recoveries also were reported.

Dead are:

  • A Bulverde man in his 60s who died Dec. 21, 2020 at a San Antonio hospital
  • A Spring Branch man in his 50s who died Dec. 25, 2020
  • A New Braunfels man in 70s who died Jan. 2 at a New Braunfels hospital
  • A New Braunfels man in his 60s who died Jan. 4 at a San Antonio hospital
  • A New Braunfels man in his 50s who died Jan. 9 at a San Antonio hospital
  • A New Braunfels man in his 80s who died Jan. 10 at a San Marcos hospital
  • A New Braunfels man in his 80s who died on Jan. 16
  • A New Braunfels woman in her 70s who died on Jan. 17
  • A New Braunfels woman in her 80s who died on Jan. 17
  • A New Braunfels woman in her 90s who died on Jan. 21
  • A New Braunfels woman in her 70s who died on Jan. 21

The county now has 691 active, confirmed-and-probable cases. Of those, 79 are hospitalized. The total number of deceased is now 239.

Total recovered is 6,729.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 45.37%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 5.5%. Trauma Service P — which includes Comal County — is at 23.98%.

On Monday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 75 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 21 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 – 69
North of Canyon Lake – 2
South of Canyon Lake – 5
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 2
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 11
Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 10
20’s – 18
30’s/40’s – 24
50s/60s – 33
70 and older – 4

Testing Information

As of Monday morning, Public Health reports

  • 56,127 tests conducted
  • 4,229 confirmed cases
  • 3,419 probable cases
  • 11 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 7,659 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 5,604
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,081
South of Canyon Lake – 416
North of Canyon Lake – 302
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 225
Fair Oaks Ranch – 31

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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