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Comal County Reports 41 New COVID-19 Cases, Seven-Day Positivity Rate at 10.67%

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. Testing resumes on Dec. 1.

Comal County reported 41 new cases today of COVID-19 today, bringing the total to 482 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus.

Eighteen of the cases are confirmed and 23 are probable.

The seven-day positivity rate for is 10.67%. Sixteen people are hospitalized.

The county reported no recoveries today. The total recovered is 3,898. The total number of deceased remains 128.

On Friday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 28 COVID-19 patients. Eight are in intensive care and six 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 – 30
North of Canyon Lake – 0
South of Canyon Lake – 2
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 0
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 8
Fair Oaks – 1

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 1
20’s -12
30’s/40’s – 16
50’s/60’s – 10
70 and older – 2

Testing Information

As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 35,042 tests conducted
  • 3,203 confirmed cases
  • 1,302 probable cases
  • 3 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 4,508 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 3,276
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 684
South of Canyon Lake – 234
North of Canyon Lake – 155
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ride and Schertz) – 144
Fair Oaks Ranch – 15

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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