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Wednesday: Comal County Reports 42 New COVID-19 Cases, Positivity Rate Rises to 14.78%

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Wednesday: Comal County Reports 42 New COVID-19 Cases, Positivity Rate Rises to 14.78%

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Residents wishing to be tested for COVID-19 can call Comal County's dedicated hotline, 830-221-1120 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment. Testing is only done on Tuesday and Friday, by appointment only.

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

Testing Information

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 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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