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County Confirms 10 New, Six Backlogged Cases of COVID-19 on Friday

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’s COVID-19 case count rose to 3,642 Friday after the Office of Public Health reported 10 new cases and added six backlogged cases confirmed by the State of Texas to its database.

All of the new cases are in New Braunfels and Bulverde/Spring Branch. Of them, one is confirmed and nine are probable.

Comal County’s seven-day positivity rate for Friday now stands at 5.7%. The rate for the State of Texas is 7.69%. Texas’s Department of State Health Services now calculates its positivity rate based on the date a coronavirus was administered instead of when it was reported.

The county also reported 10 more COVID-19 recoveries, bringing the total recovered to 3,415. There are now 107 active confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases. Of those, six are hospitalized.

On Friday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for nine COVID-19 patients. Two are in intensive care and one is on a ventilator.

As of Friday morning, Public Health has received reports of the following test information: 27,167 tests conducted, 2,822 confirmed cases and 820 probable cases.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

New Braunfels – 10
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 6

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 7
20s – 3
30s/40s – 4
50s/60s – 2

Probable Cases

“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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