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Comal County Reports 52 New Cases of COVID-19, One Death

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Comal County Reports 52 New Cases of COVID-19, One Death

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Comal County reported 52 new cases of COVID-19 and one death from the virus today.

The seven-day positivity rate for Monday in Comal County is 20.50%. The State of Texas’ positivity rate is 14.03%.

In a statement, the county said it now has 590 active cases of the virus. Of those, 36 are hospitalized. A New Braunfels woman in her 90s died of COVID-19 on Dec. 1. The total number of deceased is now 132.

Thirty-six of the new cases reported today are confirmed and 17 are probable. The county also confirmed an additional 29 recoveries from the virus, for a total of 4,262.

On Monday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 43 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 11 are in intensive care and six 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 – 34
North of Canyon Lake – 1
South of Canyon Lake – 5
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 3
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 7
Fair Oaks – 2

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 8
20’s – 14
30’s/40’s – 18
50’s/60’s – 6
70 and older – 6

Testing Information

As of Thursday morning, Public Health reports

  • 37,402 tests conducted
  • 3,466 confirmed cases
  • 1,514 probable cases
  • 4 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 4,984 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 3,586
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 777
South of Canyon Lake – 265
North of Canyon Lake – 177
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ride and Schertz) – 159
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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