Comal County Reports Three More COVID-19 Deaths, 109 New Cases
Three more Comal County residents have died of COVID-19, the county said in a statement today.
- A New Braunfels man in his 70s who died Friday at a New Braunfels hospital.
- A New Braunfels woman in her 60s who died Wednesday at a New Braunfels hospital.
- A Bulverde man in his 70s who died Sept. 26 at a San Antonio hospital.
The total number of deceased is now 438.
Another 109 new COVID-19 cases were reported today, bringing the county’s total to 19,006. Eighty-three of the new ones are confirmed and 26 are probable cases.
In a statement, the county said the number of active, confirmed-and-probable cases fell to 702. Of those, 17 are hospitalized.
The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 5.10%, and the seven-day antigen positivity rate is 5.34%. The TSA P percentage is 8%.
County hospitals are caring for 22 patients with COVID-19. Eight are in intensive care and four are on ventilators.
Approximately 85% 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.
Location Breakdown of New Cases
- New Braunfels – 59
- North of Canyon Lake – 13
- South of Canyon Lake – 11
- South Comal County (Garden Ridge) -5
- Bulverde/Spring Branch – 21
- Fair Oaks – 0
Age Range of New Cases
- Under 20 – 13 (includes an infant under 12 months of age)
- 20’s – 21
- 30’s/40’s – 38
- 50’s/60’s – 23
- 70 and older – 13
As of Tuesday morning, Public Health reports
- 182,466 tests conducted
- 10,930 confirmed cases
- 8,052 probable cases
- 24 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
Of the 19,006 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:
- New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 12,734
- Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 3,090
- South of Canyon Lake – 1,333
- North of Canyon Lake – 1,119
- Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 643
- Fair Oaks Ranch – 87
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.
Those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and qualify for a third dose can call to schedule an appointment for a vaccine.
Appointments can be made by calling 830-221-1150.
“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.