Comal County Reports Another Death, 17 New Cases of COVID-19
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.
- 16,610 tests conducted
- 2,008 confirmed cases
- 565 probable cases
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.