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County Adds 53 New COVID-19 Cases Tuesday, Most in Residents in Their 40s and Under

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County Adds 53 New COVID-19 Cases Tuesday, Most in Residents in Their 40s and Under

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Those 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 Tuesdays and Fridays, by appointment only.

Comal County reported 53 new COVID-19 cases today, mostly in residents in their 40s and under.

Thirty-four are confirmed and 19 are probable cases.

The county now has 193 active, confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases. Of those, seven are hospitalized.

Total cases for the county is now 9,785. Another 30 recoveries were reported, for a total of 9,283.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Comal is now 4.14%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 1.93%. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage for Tuesday is 3.38%.

On Tuesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for nine COVID-19 patients. Of those, three are in intensive care and two 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 – 29
  • North of Canyon Lake – 1
  • South of Canyon Lake – 4
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 5
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 14
  • Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 11
  • 20s – 12
  • 30’s/40’s – 18
  • 50’s/60’s – 11
  • 70 and older – 1

Testing Information

As of Tueday morning, Public Health reports

  • 73,954 tests conducted
  • 5,165 confirmed cases
  • 4,599 probable cases
  • 21 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 9,785 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 6,981
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,437
  • South of Canyon Lake – 562
  • North of Canyon Lake – 443
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) –317
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 45

Vaccines

The Comal County COVID-19 vaccine standby list is open. All adults ages 18 and older who are interested in receiving a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should visit mycomalcounty.com or check Comal County’s Facebook page for more information about the status of the list. Vaccines will be distributed to the public as they are received by Comal County and according to distribution guidelines established by the state. To find other vaccine providers, visit dshs.texas.gov/covidvaccine.

DSHS said it expects vaccine supplies to increase next week.

Those who do not have a computer or need assistance can call 830-620-5575.

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.
The Comal County Health Department staff has been busy!
We’re administering another 200 COVID-19 Vaccines at the Bulverde Spring Branch Activity Center today.

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