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Comal’s COVID-19 Case Count Tops 6,000, Seven-Day Molecular Positivity Rate at 40.46%

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Comal County reported 79 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing its total count to 6,009 since reporting began in March.

There are now 796 active cases in the county, according to county Public Information Officer Cary Zayas.

Of those, 59 are hospitalized. Six of the new cases are confirmed and 73 are probable. The total number of deceased remains at 146. An additional 68 recoveries were reported today, for a total of 5,067.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Thursday is 40.46%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 22.43%.

Comal County hospitals on Thursday reported caring for 67 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 15 are in intensive care and 11 are on ventilators. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents and not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

New Braunfels – 71
North of Canyon Lake – 2
South of Canyon Lake – 1
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 0
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 5
Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 7
20’s – 11
30’s/40’s – 29
50s/60s – 24
70 and older – 8

Testing Information

As of Thursday morning, Public Health reports

  • 41,399 tests conducted
  • 3,860 confirmed cases
  • 2,140 probable cases
  • 9 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 6,009 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 4,366
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 886
South of Canyon Lake – 330
North of Canyon Lake – 231
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ride and Schertz) – 182
Fair Oaks Ranch – 22

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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