Wednesday: Comal County Reports 42 New COVID-19 Cases, Positivity Rate Rises to 14.78%
Comal County reported 42 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing its total to 4,243.
Twenty-nine of the new cases are confirmed and 13 are probable.
The seven-day positivity rate for Comal County is 14.78%. The county now has 346 active, confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases. Of those, nine are hospitalized. The county reported another 22 recoveries, for a total of 3,773. The death toll stands at 124.
On Wednesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 15 COVID-19 patients. Nine are in intesive care and five 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 – 37
North of Canyon Lake – 1
South of Canyon Lake – 3
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 1
Age Range of New Cases
Under 20 – 7
20’s – 7
30’s/40’s – 12
50’s/60’s – 8
70 and older – 8
As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports
- 32,301 tests conducted
- 3,056 confirmed cases
- 1,184 probable cases
- 3 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
Of the 4,243 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:
New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 3,091
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 636
South of Canyon Lake – 218
North of Canyon Lake – 148
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ride and Schertz) – 136
Fair Oaks Ranch – 14
“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.
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.