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Number of New COVID-19 Cases Surges as County Struggles to Fill Slots for Wednesday Vaccine Clinic

Some Comal County 1,900 residents received their second COVID-19 vaccine shots today. Comal County and the City of New Braunfels sponsored 24 successful clinics over the last several months. Wednesday, May 19 is the final mass clinic scheduled. Image courtesy of Comal County.

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

Testing Information

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 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.

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