Comal County Reports Four COVID-19 Deaths Tuesday, Adds 201 New Cases
Headed out of the Labor Day weekend, Comal County confirmed the COVID-19 deaths of four residents and reported 201 new cases of the virus.
- A Spring Branch man in his 50s who passed away Aug. 18 in a San Antonio hospital.
- A New Braunfels man in his 80s who passed away Aug. 5 in a New Braunfels hospital.
- A New Braunfels woman in her 80s who passed away Aug. 31 in a Seguin hospital.
- A New Braunfels man in his 60s who died Sept. 2 in an Irving hospital.
The total number of deceased is now 382. The total number of cases reported since March 2020 is now 16,216. The county added 192 recoveries today for a total of 14,495.
In a statement, Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said there are now 1,339 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus. Of those, 22 are hospitalized.
County hospitals are caring for 70 COVID-19 patients. Twenty-one of them are in intensive care and 16 are on ventilators.
Approximately 95% of these patients are unvaccinated.
Not all patients in Comal County hospitals are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.
The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 13.74%, and the seven-day antigen positivity rate is 9.58%. The TSA P percentage is 18.7%.
Location Breakdown of New Cases
- New Braunfels – 112
- North of Canyon Lake – 14
- South of Canyon Lake – 19
- South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 2
- Bulverde/Spring Branch – 53
- Fair Oaks – 1
Age Range of New Cases
- Under 20 – 51 (includes an infant under 12 months old)
- 20s – 30
- 30’s/40’s – 56
- 50s/60s – 48
- 70 and older – 16
As of Tuesday morning, Public Health reports
- 151,814 tests conducted
- 9,181 confirmed cases
- 7,011 probable cases
- 24 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
Of the 16,216 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:
- New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 11,135
- Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 2,483
- South of Canyon Lake – 1,069
- North of Canyon Lake – 905
- Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 550
- Fair Oaks Ranch – 74
Comal County’s Public Health Department is now administering Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to those 18 years and older and Pfizer vaccines for anyone 12 years and older.
This includes a third dose of either vaccine for anyone who is moderately to severely immunocompromised.
“COVID numbers are at an all-time high and getting vaccinated is still our best shield against the virus,” Public Health Director Cheryl Fraser said in a statement Aug. 30. “We encourage those who have not received the vaccine to consider it. Individuals who are immunocompromised and qualify for the third dose are now eligible to receive it. The hospitals are finding that most of the COVID patients are unvaccinated and very ill.”
People who meet the following criteria are now eligible for a third dose of Moderna or Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least four weeks after a second dose:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge or Wiskott-Aldrich syndromes).
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection.
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress the immune system.
Those who received either a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine series should receive a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine. No additional doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine are currently recommended.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccines for moderately to severely immunocompromised people, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
“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 the 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.
A ‘suspect’ case meets supportive laboratory evidence with no prior history of being a confirmed or probable case. It is also counted toward the total case tally. Supportive laboratory evidence means:
- Detection of a specific antibody in serum, plasma, or whole blood.
- Detection of specific antigen by immunocytochemistry in an autopsy specimen.
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