County Confirms COVID-19 Death of New Braunfels Woman, Reports 47 New Cases
A New Braunfels woman in her 80s died of COVID-19 on July 18, Comal County said in a statement released Monday.
Forty-seven new cases also were reported. Twenty-nine are confirmed and 18 are probable cases.
There are now 537 active, confirmed-and-probable cases in Comal County. Of those, nine are hospitalized.
Thirty-four recoveries were added today, for a total of 11,260. The number of deceased is now 335.
On Monday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 35 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 11 are in intensive care and four are on ventilators. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.
The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Friday is 11.18%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 11.27%. The TSA P percentage is 7.07%.
Location Breakdown of New Cases
- New Braunfels – 27
- North of Canyon Lake – 1
- South of Canyon Lake – 5
- South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 0
- Bulverde/Spring Branch – 14
- Fair Oaks – 0
Age Range of New Cases
- Under 20 – 7
- 20s – 14
- 30’s/40’s – 13
- 50s/60s – 9
- 70 and older – 4
As of Monday morning, Public Health reports
- 118,985 tests conducted
- 6,547 confirmed cases
- 5,561 probable cases
- 24 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
Of the 12,132 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:
- New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 8,587
- Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,750
- South of Canyon Lake – 717
- North of Canyon Lake – 592
- Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 430
- Fair Oaks Ranch – 56
Comal County’s Public Health Department is now administering Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to those 18 years and older on Fridays and Pfizer vaccines for anyone 12 years and older on Thursdays.
“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.
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.