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Comal County Reports Another Death, 17 New Cases of COVID-19

Residents wishing to be tested for COVID-19 can call the county’s dedicated hotline, 830-221-1120, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Image by teksomolika.

Comal County reported one new COVID-19 death, 17 new cases and a slight increase in its positivity rate today.

A New Braunfels man in his 70s died at Colonial Manor in New Braunfels on Wednesday, the fourteenth COVID-19 death of a resident at that long-term care facility since the pandemic began.

In a statement this afternoon, Comal County also reported a positivity rate of 15.49%, up slightly from 15.44% on Wednesday.

Of the new cases, 15 are confirmed and 2 are probable; all 17 cases are New Braunfels-area residents. Five are younger than 30, two are in their 30s or 40s; and 10 are older than 70.

Comal County hospitals reported caring for 15 COVID-19 patients; of those, 10 are in intensive care beds and eight are on ventilators. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.

The county also confirmed three more recoveries from COVID-19, for a total of 2,030. With 72 deaths, the county now has 471 active confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases. Of them, 74 are hospitalized.

Thursday’s Statistics

  • 16,610 tests conducted
  • 2,008 confirmed cases
  • 565 probable cases

Location Breakdown

Of the 2,573 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • 1,968 from the New Braunfels area, including eastern and central Comal County
  • 354 from western Comal County, including Bulverde and Spring Branch
  • 123 from south of Canyon Lake
  • 68 from north of Canyon Lake, including Fischer
  • 52 from southern Comal County, including Garden Ridge and Schertz
  • 8 from Fair Oaks Ranch

Probable Case Definition

“Probable cases” 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 following three criteria:

  • A positive quick-result antigen test
  • Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Close contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case

A probable case is treated identically to a confirmed case and counts toward the county’s positivity rate and total case tally.

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