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County Says 1,500 Slots Available for May 19 Vaccine Clinic, Reports 17 New Cases Monday

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The county's last two mass COVID-19 vaccine clinics at the New Braunfels Convention Center (above) are scheduled for May 19 and June 15.

Comal County says 1,500 vaccine appointments are still available for its next-to-last mass COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Wednesday, May 19.

The 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, click here then click “next” to answer a few questions and choose an appointment time.

In a statement, the county also confirmed 17 new cases of the virus. Twelve are confirmed cases and five are probable cases.

There are now 320 active, confirmed-and-probable cses of the virus in Comal County. Of those, 10 are hospitalized.

Another 34 COVID-19 recoveries were reported today, for a total of 10,033. The number of deceased remains 320.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Monday is 5.2%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 4.74%. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage is 3.37%.

On Monday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 15 COVID-19 patients. Of those, five 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 – 14
  • North of Canyon Lake – 1
  • South of Canyon Lake – 0
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 0
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 2
  • Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 3
  • 20s – 3
  • 30’s/40’s – 8
  • 50s/60s – 1
  • 70 and older -2

Testing Information

As of Monday morning, Public Health reports

  • 93,922 tests conducted
  • 5,683 confirmed cases
  • 4,951 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 10,658 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 7,559
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,558
  • South of Canyon Lake – 606
  • North of Canyon Lake – 503
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) –377
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 53

Vaccines

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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