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