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County Adds 13 New, 14 ‘Backlogged’ Cases to Its COVID-19 Tally

Residents wishing to be tested for COVID-19 can call the county’s dedicated hotline, 830-221-1120, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Comal County reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 today but said 14 of them are “backlogged” cases just received from the State of Texas.

Backlogged cases are usually from residents who tested positive for COVID-19 in another county or state, the county said in a press release.

Of the 13 new cases, eight are confirmed and five are probable. The seven-day positivity rate stands at 7.03%. The total number of deceased remains at 120.

The county now has 104 active confirmed-and-probable cases of COVID-19. Of them, four are hospitalized. Another 30 recoveries also were reported.

On Tuesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 11 COVID-19 patients. Three are in intensive care and two are on ventilators. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents; likewise, 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 – 2
South of Canyon Lake – 2
South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 2
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 5

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 2
20s – 11
30s/40s – 4
50s/60s – 7
70 and older – 3

Probable case definition

“Probable cases” 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 following three criteria:

  • A positive quick-result antigen test
  • Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Close contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case

A probable case is treated identically to a confirmed case and counts toward the county’s positivity rate and total case tally.

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