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Comal County Reports Another 72 Cases of COVID-19, Confirms Two More Deaths as Positivity Rate Climbs

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Comal County Reports Another 72 Cases of COVID-19, Confirms Two More Deaths as Positivity Rate Climbs

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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 reported 72 additional COVID-19 cases today, bringing the number of active cases to 667. Of those, 45 are hospitalized.

Forty-eight of the new cases are confirmed and 23 are probable. One is a suspect case.

In a statement, the couty also confirmed two more deaths, a New Braunfels man in his 80s who passed away on Nov. 7 and a Canyon Lake man in his 80s who died on Nov. 13. The total number of deceased is 135.

The seven-day positivity rate for Tuesday in Comal County is 21.98%.

The county also confirmed an additional 39 recoveries from the virus, for a total of 4,404.

On Thursday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 54 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 14 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 – 51
North of Canyon Lake – 5
South of Canyon Lake – 7
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 2
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 7
Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 12
20’s – 10
30’s/40’s – 23
50’s/60’s – 18
70 and older – 9

Testing Information

As of Thursday morning, Public Health reports

  • 38,231 tests conducted
  • 3,585 confirmed cases
  • 1,616 probable cases
  • 5 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 5,206 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 3,753
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 796
South of Canyon Lake – 278
North of Canyon Lake – 192
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ride and Schertz) – 167
Fair Oaks Ranch – 20

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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