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County Reports March COVID-19 Death of Canyon Lake Man in His 60s

Five hundred Comal County residents received their first COVID-19 shots at the county's vaccine clinic on Tuesday. Those 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 Tuesdays and Fridays, by appointment only. Image courtesy of Comal County.

A Canyon Lake man in his 60s died of COVID-19 at a Katy, Texas hospital on March 18.

In a statement today, Comal County also confirmed the March 20 death of a New Braunfels man in his 80s.

Although 25 additional COVID-19 cases also were reported by Public Health, 10 of those are backlogged cases addded to county data.

Ten are confirmed cases and 15 are probable cases. Total cases for the county is now 9,810.

The county now has 194 active, confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases. Of those, seven are hospitalized.

Another 22 recoveries were reported, for a total of 9,305.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Comal is now 4.85%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 2.20%. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage for Tuesday is 3.48%.

On Wednesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 10 COVID-19 patients. Of those, five are in intensive care and three are on ventilators. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in county hospitals.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

  • New Braunfels – 12
  • North of Canyon Lake – 1
  • South of Canyon Lake – 2
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 3
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 6
  • Fair Oaks – 1

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 2
  • 20s – 5
  • 30’s/40’s – 9
  • 50’s/60’s – 7
  • 70 and older – 2

Testing Information

As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 74,446 tests conducted
  • 5,175 confirmed cases
  • 4,614 probable cases
  • 21 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 9,810 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 6,993
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,443
  • South of Canyon Lake – 564
  • North of Canyon Lake – 443
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) –320
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 46


The Comal County COVID-19 vaccine standby list is open. All adults ages 18 and older who are interested in receiving a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should visit mycomalcounty.com or check Comal County’s Facebook page for more information about the status of the list. Vaccines will be distributed to the public as they are received by Comal County and according to distribution guidelines established by the state. To find other vaccine providers, visit dshs.texas.gov/covidvaccine.

Those who do not have a computer or need assistance can call 830-620-5575.

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 the 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 toward the total case tally. Supportive laboratory evidence means:

  • Detection of a specific antibody in serum, plasma, or whole blood.
  • Detection of specific antigen by immunocytochemistry in an autopsy specimen.
The Comal County Health Department staff has been busy!
We’re administering another 200 COVID-19 Vaccines at the Bulverde Spring Branch Activity Center today.

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