Wednesday: Comal County Reports 49 New COVID-19 Cases, Another Death
Comal County reported 49 new cases today of COVID-19 today and said a New Braunfels man in his 60’s passed away in a New Braunfels hospital on Monday, Nov. 23.
Thirty-five of the cases are confirmed and 14 are probable.
The seven-day positivity rate for Tuesday in Comal County is 10.76%. The county now has 441 active, confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases. Of those, 16 are hospitalized.
The county also reported another 10 recoveries, for a total of 3,898. The total number of deceased is now 128.
On Wednesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 32 COVID-19 patients. Nine are in intensive care and seven 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 – 31
North of Canyon Lake – 1
South of Canyon Lake – 5
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 1
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 11
Fair Oaks – 0
Age Range of New Cases
Under 20 – 6
30’s/40’s – 11
50’s/60’s – 20
70 and older – 5
As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports
- 34,962 tests conducted
- 3,185 confirmed cases
- 1,279 probable cases
- 3 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
Of the 4,467 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:
New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 3,246
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 676
South of Canyon Lake – 232
North of Canyon Lake – 155
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ride and Schertz) – 144
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.