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County Reports Four New COVID-19 Cases, Three Deaths Friday

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County Reports Four New COVID-19 Cases, Three Deaths Friday

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Those 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 Tuesdays and Fridays, by appointment only.

In a statement, Comal County reported four new COVID-19 cases and three deaths today.

Dead are:

  • A New Braunfels woman in her 50s who died March 12 at a San Antonio hospital
  • A Spring Branch woman in her 60s who died March 16 at a San Antonio hospital
  • A Garden Ridge man in his 70s who died April 4 at a San Antonio hospital

In a statement, the county also reported one new confirmed and three probable cases of the COVID-19 virus.

Total cases for the county is now 10,087. The number of deceased is 316.

There are now 219 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus in the county. Of those, nine are hospitalized.

Another 15 recoveries were reported, for a total of 9,552.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Friday is 2.77 percent. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 2.84 percent. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage is 4.25 percent.

On Friday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 24 COVID-19 patients. Of those, six are in intensive care and two 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 – 4
  • North of Canyon Lake – 0
  • South of Canyon Lake – 0
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 0
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 0
  • Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 1
  • 20s – 1
  • 30’s/40’s – 1
  • 50s/60s – 1
  • 70 and older – 0

Testing Information

As of Friday morning, Public Health reports

  • 80,631 tests conducted
  • 5,335 confirmed cases
  • 4,728 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 10,087 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 7,168
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,483
  • South of Canyon Lake – 586
  • North of Canyon Lake – 467
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) –337
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 46

Vaccines

The Comal County COVID-19 vaccine standby list is open. All adults ages 18 and older who are interested in receiving a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should visit mycomalcounty.com or check Comal County’s Facebook page for more information about the status of the list. Vaccines will be distributed to the public as they are received by Comal County and according to distribution guidelines established by the state. To find other vaccine providers, visit dshs.texas.gov/covidvaccine.

Those who do not have a computer or need assistance can call 830-620-5575.

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 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.

Suspected Cases

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.
The Comal County Health Department staff has been busy!
We’re administering another 200 COVID-19 Vaccines at the Bulverde Spring Branch Activity Center today.
Another 2,000 people will be fully vaccinated today.
Our Public Health Department is holding a mass 2nd dose vaccine clinic at the New Braunfels Civic Center.

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