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County Confirms COVID-19 Deaths of Two Canyon Lake Residents, Active Case Count Now 1,244

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County Confirms COVID-19 Deaths of Two Canyon Lake Residents, Active Case Count Now 1,244

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

Two Canyon Lake residents died of COVID-19 in late July, Comal County said in a statement Friday.

A Canyon Lake man in his 50s passed away on July 25, Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said. A Canyon Lake woman in her 70s died July 30. The number of deceased is now 344.

Of the 163 new cases reported, 125 are confirmed and 38 are probable cases.

There are now a record 1,244 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus in Comal County. Thirty residents are hospitalized.

County hospitals are caring for 66 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 15 are in intensive care and seven are on ventilators. Not all patients in Comal County hospitals are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.

Another 39 COVID-19 recoveries were reported today for a total of 11,736.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Friday is 17.84%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 13.61%. The TSA P percentage is 13.7%.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

  • New Braunfels – 98
  • North of Canyon Lake – 14
  • South of Canyon Lake – 16
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 3
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 31
  • Fair Oaks – 1

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 28
  • 20s – 31
  • 30’s/40’s – 57
  • 50s/60s – 40
  • 70 and older – 7

Testing Information

As of Friday morning, Public Health reports

  • 127,935 tests conducted
  • 7,364 confirmed cases
  • 5,936 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 13,324 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 9,338
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,943
  • South of Canyon Lake – 835
  • North of Canyon Lake – 685
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 463
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 60

Vaccinations

Comal County’s Public Health Department is now administering Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to those 18 years and older and Pfizer vaccines for anyone 12 years and older.

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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