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Comal County Adds 23 New, Seven Backlogged Cases of COVID-19 Thursday

Residents who wish to be vaccinated for COVID-19 should call Comal County Public Health Office at 830-221-1150.

Comal County reported 30 additional cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the total to 11,035.

Twenty-three are new cases and seven are backlogged cases being added to county data. Fourteen are confirmed cases and 16 are probable cases.

There are now 196 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus in Comal County. Of those, two are hospitalized.

Another 16 COVID-19 recoveries were reported, for a total of 10,516. The total number of deceased remains at 323.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Thursday is 3.45%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 4.41%. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage is 2.37%.

On Thursday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for six COVID-19 patients. Of those, one is in intensive care. There are no patients 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 – 17
  • North of Canyon Lake – 3
  • South of Canyon Lake – 4
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 2
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 4
  • Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 10
  • 20s – 3
  • 30’s/40’s – 10
  • 50s/60s – 6
  • 70 and older -1

Testing Information

As of Thursday morning, Public Health reports

  • 103,883 tests conducted
  • 5,903 confirmed cases
  • 5,108 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 11,035 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 7,821
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,605
  • South of Canyon Lake – 628
  • North of Canyon Lake – 526
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) –401
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 54

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 the 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 toward the total case tally. Supportive laboratory evidence means:

    • Detection of a specific antibody in serum, plasma, or whole blood.
    • Detection of specific antigen by immunocytochemistry in an autopsy specimen.

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