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Comal County Adds 81 New, Six Backlogged COVID-19 Cases, Reports Two More Deaths

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 87 new cases today of COVID-19 today, bringing the county’s total to 4,595. There are now 561 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus.

The county also confirmed two more deaths. A New Braunfels woman in her 80s and a New Braunfels man in his 80s died on Nov. 25. The death toll now stands at 130.

Eighty-one of the new cases reported today are new. Six are backlogged cases just added to the county’s database. Of the new cases, 21 are confirmed and 60 are probable. All six backlogged cases were probable. Of the 561 active cases, 16 are hospitalized.

The seven-day positivity rate is 10.47%. The seven-day positivity rate for the State of Texas is 11.72%.

The county reported six COVID-19 recoveries today. The total recovered is 3,904.

On Tuesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 42 COVID-19 patients. Eleven 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 – 64
North of Canyon Lake – 1
South of Canyon Lake – 4
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 3
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 14
Fair Oaks – 1

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 8
20’s – 9
30’s/40’s – 31
50’s/60’s – 22
70 and older – 17

Testing Information

As of Tuesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 35,637 tests conducted
  • 3,224 confirmed cases
  • 1,368 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) – 3,340
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 698
South of Canyon Lake – 238
North of Canyon Lake – 156
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ride and Schertz) – 147
Fair Oaks Ranch – 16

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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