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Monday: Comal County Reports 20 New COVID-19 Cases, 13 in New Braunfels

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Comal County reported an additional 20 COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total to 4,358.

Fifteen of the new cases are confirmed and five are probable. The seven-day positivity rate for Monday in Comal County is 9.16%.

The seven-day positivity rate for Comal County is 9.16%. The county now has 401 active, confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases. Of those, 14 are hospitalized. The county reported another 17 recoveries, for a total of 3,832. The total number of deceased remains 125.

On Monday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 29 COVID-19 patients. Nine are in intesive care and seven are on ventilators. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents. Not all Comal County residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in county hospitals.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

New Braunfels – 13
North of Canyon Lake – 2
South of Canyon Lake – 2
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 0
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 3
Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 0
20’s – 3
30’s/40’s – 4
50’s/60’s – 10
70 and older – 3

Testing Information

As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 34,648 tests conducted
  • 3,125 confirmed cases
  • 1,230 probable cases
  • 3 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 4,358 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 3,165
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 658
South of Canyon Lake – 226
North of Canyon Lake – 153
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ride and Schertz) – 142
Fair Oaks Ranch – 14

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 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 towards the total case tally. Supportive laboratory evidence means:

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


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