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County’s Positivity Rate Rises to 12.41% as 67 New Cases of COVID-19 Reported

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 67 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing its total to 4,201.

Twenty-seven of the new cases are confirmed and 40 are probable.

The seven-day positivity rate for Comal County is 12.41%. The county now has 326 active, confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases. Of those, seven are hospitalized. The county reported another 31 recoveries, for a total of 3,751. The death toll stands at 124.

On Tuesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 18 COVID-19 patients. Eight are in intesive care and four 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 – 36
North of Canyon Lake – 1
South of Canyon Lake – 9
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 21

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 13
20’s – 9
30’s/40’s – 23
50’s/60’s – 17
70 and older – 5

Testing Information

As of Tuesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 32,152 tests conducted
  • 3,027 confirmed cases
  • 1,171 probable cases
  • 3 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 4,201 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 3,054
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 636
South of Canyon Lake – 215
North of Canyon Lake – 147
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ride and Schertz) – 135
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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  1. Reynaldo Martinez November 18, 2020

    I think you can partly thank the Trump train trumper’s for spreading a lot of of the covid-19 virus in Comal County and surrounding areas, if you didn’t see this coming it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee.

    In all fairness it’s not just Comal County it’s the entire country if you don’t believe this is really happening, take a long slow walk at your local Cemetery.


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