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Comal County’s COVID-19 Hospitalizations Down to Nine, 23 New Cases Reported Monday

Christus Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels honored its emergency-room nurses during ER Nurses Week on Oct. 12.

Comal County hospitals are caring for only nine patients with COVID-19 the county said in a statement Monday.

On Thursday, there were 19 patients hospitalized with the virus. Three of the patients hospitalized today are in intensive care and three are on ventilators. Approximately 85% of these patients are unvaccinated.

County Public Information Officer Cary Zayas also reported 23 new COVID-19 cases and 516 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus. Of those, 21 residents are hospitalized.

Sixteen of the new cases are confirmed and seven are probable, she said. Another 49 recoveries were reported, for a total of 18,162. The number of deceased is 439.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 5.34%, and the seven-day antigen positivity rate is 6.08%. The TSA P percentage is 6%.

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 – 16
  • North of Canyon Lake – 0
  • South of Canyon Lake – 3
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) -0
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 4
  • Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 2
  • 20’s – 6
  • 30’s/40’s – 7
  • 50’s/60’s – 6
  • 70 and older – 2

Testing Information

As of Monday morning, Public Health reports

  • 184,743 tests conducted
  • 10,997 confirmed cases
  • 8,096 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 19,117 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 12,811
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 3,103
  • South of Canyon Lake – 1,344
  • North of Canyon Lake – 1,123
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 648
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 88


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 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.

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