Number of New COVID-19 Cases Surges as County Struggles to Fill Slots for Wednesday Vaccine Clinic
Comal County’s COVID-19 case count surged to 64 new cases today while 1,526 slots are still available for the next-to-last mass vaccine clinic Wednesday.
In a statement, county Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said a final second-dose clinic is schedule for June 15. Both clinics run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Braunfels Convention Center, 375 S. Castell Ave., New Braunfels.
To register, copy and paste this link in your browser: http://www.i-info.com/registry/registry.aspx?evt=D3757753D854466EA753D00A5214CA87, then click “next” to answer a few questions and choose an appointment time.
In a statement, the county said 47 of the 63 new cases reported today are confirmed and 17 are probable cases.
There are now 316 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus in Comal County. Of those, 12 are hospitalized.
Another 53 COVID-19 recoveries were reported today, for a total of 10,086. The number of deceased remains 320.
The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Tueday is 5.29%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 4.68%. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage is 3.37%.
On Tuesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 16 COVID-19 patients. Of those, four are in intensive care and two 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 – 47
- North of Canyon Lake – 3
- South of Canyon Lake – 3
- South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 4
- Bulverde/Spring Branch – 7
- Fair Oaks – 0
Age Range of New Cases
- Under 20 – 16
- 20s – 13
- 30’s/40’s – 21
- 50s/60s – 14
- 70 and older -0
As of Tuesday morning, Public Health reports
- 94,966 tests conducted
- 5,730 confirmed cases
- 4,968 probable cases
- 24 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
Of the 10,722 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:
- New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 7,606
- Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,565
- South of Canyon Lake – 609
- North of Canyon Lake – 508
- Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) –381
- Fair Oaks Ranch – 53
The Public Health Department administers the Moderna vaccine, which is used for those 18 years-of-age and older. Vaccines will be distributed to the public as they are received by Comal County and according to all state distribution guidelines.
To schedule a vaccine, visit mycomalcounty.com. Anyone interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at May 19 clinic can register here.
Comal County’s last mass COVID-19-vaccine clinic is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 19 with a final, second-dose clinic scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Braunfels Convention Center, 375 S. Castell.
“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.
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.