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County Reports 45th Death from COVID-19 and Seven New Cases in Canyon Lake

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County Reports 45th Death from COVID-19 and Seven New Cases in Canyon Lake

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Comal County’s positivity rate is now 19.04 percent, up from 18.51 percent on Friday and 17.68 percent one week ago. Image of Comal County Courthouse in New Braunfels by Texas Courthouse Trail.

A New Braunfels man in his 70s with underlying medical conditions died Friday in a New Braunfels hospital, Comal County’s 45th death from COVID-19.

In a statement today, the county also reported 88 new cases of the disease, for a total of 1,968 confirmed-and-probable cases reported since the pandemic began. Comal County’s positivity rate is now 19.04 percent, up from 18.51 percent on Friday and 17.68 percent one week ago.

Of the 88 new cases, 79 are confirmed and nine are probable; 64 are New Braunfels-area residents, 16 are from the Bulverde/Spring Branch area, five live south of Canyon Lake, two live north of Canyon Lake, and one is from the Garden Ridge area. Thirty-three are younger than 30, 29 are in their 30s or 40s, 17 are in their 50s or 60s, and nine are older than 70.

Also today, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 45 COVID-19 patients; of those, 18 are in intensive care beds, and 15 are on ventilators. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents; likewise, not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.

The county also confirmed one more recovery from COVID-19, for a total of 830. With 45 deaths, the county now has 1,093 active confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases. Of them, 78 are hospitalized, an increase of one.

Saturday’s Statistics

  • 10,336 tests conducted
  • 1,539 confirmed cases
  • 429 probable cases

Location Breakdown

  • 1,474 from the New Braunfels area, including eastern and central Comal County
  • 300 from western Comal County, including Bulverde and Spring Branch
  • 103 from south of Canyon Lake
  • 44 from north of Canyon Lake, including Fischer
  • 40 from southern Comal County, including Garden Ridge and Schertz
  • 7 from Fair Oaks Ranch

Residents wishing to be tested for COVID-19 can call the county’s dedicated hotline, 830-221-1120, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Probable case definition

“Probable cases” 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 following three criteria:

  • A positive quick-result antigen test
  • Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Close contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case

A probable case is treated identically to a confirmed case and counts toward the county’s positivity rate and total case tally.

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