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Comal County Reports Another 59 Cases of COVID-19 Monday, Positivity Rate at 29.58%

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Comal County Reports Another 59 Cases of COVID-19 Monday, Positivity Rate at 29.58%

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Comal County reported 58 new and one back-logged COVID-19 cases today, bringing the number of active cases to 770. Of those, 38 are hospitalized.

Forty-five of the new cases are confirmed and 14 are probable. The total number of deceased remains at 136.

The seven-day positivity rate for Tuesday in Comal County is 29.58%.

The county also confirmed an additional 14 recoveries from the virus, for a total of 4,425.

On Monday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 58 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 19 are in intensive care and seven are on ventilators. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in county hospitals.

Comal County’s Public Health Department urges residents to follow CDC guidelines for wearing a face covering, social distancing, staying home when sick and using proper hand hygiene.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

New Braunfels – 31
North of Canyon Lake – 10
South of Canyon Lake – 6
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 4
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 8
Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 5
20’s – 7
30’s/40’s – 20
50’s/60’s – 19
70 and older – 8

Testing Information

As of Monday morning, Public Health reports

  • 38,858 tests conducted
  • 3,645 confirmed cases
  • 1,681 probable cases
  • 5 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 5,331 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 3,834
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 812
South of Canyon Lake – 286
North of Canyon Lake – 204
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ride and Schertz) – 174
Fair Oaks Ranch – 21

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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