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Comal County’s COVID-19 Case Count Jumps from 4,008 to 4,093

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Comal County’s COVID-19 case count jumped from 4,008 cases on Thursday to 4,093 cases today.

In a statement, the county said 64 of them are new and 21 are backlogged cases just added to its database.

Of the 64 new cases, 24 are confirmed and 40 are probable. Twenty-three of the 85 cases are in residents under the age of 20.

There are now 266 active, confirmed-and-probable cases in the county. The county’s seven-day positivity rate for Friday is 10.20%. The seven-day positivity rate for Thursday for the State of Texas is 12.73%.

The total number of deceased is 124. The county also reported 42 COVID-19 recoveries for a total of 3,703.

Comal County hospitals today reported caring for 15 COVID-19 cases. Of those, five 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- 50
North of Canyon Lake – 5
South of Canyon Lake – 6
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 6
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 16
Fair Oaks – 2

Age Breakdown of New Cases

Under 20 – 23 (one in an infant under 12 months)
20’s – 8
30’s/40’s – 32
50’s/60’s – 19
70 and older – 3

Testing Information

As of Friday morning, Public Health reports

  • 35,517 tests conducted
  • 2,994 confirmed cases
  • 1,096 probable cases
  • 3 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 2,983
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 596
South of Canyon Lake – 204
North of Canyon Lake – 145
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ride and Schertz) – 135
Fair Oaks Ranch – 14

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 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 towards the total case tally. Supportive laboratory evidence means:

  • Detection of specific antibody in serum, plasma or whole blood.
  • Detection of specific antigen by immunocytochemistry in an autopsy specimen.


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