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Comal’s Positivity Rate Soars to 20.46%, 146 New COVID-19 Cases Reported

Residents 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 Tuesday and Friday, by appointment only. Testing resumes on Dec. 1.

Comal County reported 146 new cases of COVID-19 today, bumping the number of active cases to 568 and the seven-day positivity rate to 20.46%.

Of the new cases, 112 are confirmed and 34 are probable. Of the active cases, 36 are hospitalized.

On Friday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 44 COVID-19 patients. Of those, eight are in intensive care and five 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 – 91
North of Canyon Lake – 7
South of Canyon Lake – 8
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 7
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 31
Fair Oaks – 2

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 18
20’s – 23
30’s/40’s – 49
50’s/60’s – 42
70 and older – 14

Testing Information

As of Thursday morning, Public Health reports

  • 37,302 tests conducted
  • 3,430 confirmed cases
  • 1,498 probable cases
  • 4 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 4,932 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 3,552
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 770
South of Canyon Lake – 260
North of Canyon Lake – 176
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ride and Schertz) – 156
Fair Oaks Ranch – 18

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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