COVID-19 Numbers Continue to Fall in Comal County, Three Deaths Reported Thursday
COVID-19 case counts continue to fall in Comal County today, with active cases at 1,311 and only 39 new cases of the virus reported.
In a statement, the county also confirmed the COVID-19 deaths of three residents:
- A New Braunfels man in his 80s who died Sept. 18 at home
- A New Braunfels man in his 60s who died Sept. 14 at a New Braunfels hospital
- A Bulverde man in his 60s who died Sept. 9 at a San Antonio hospital
The total number of deceased is now 410.
The number of cases reported since March 2020 now stands at 18,043. Another 151 recoveries were added today, for a total of 16,322.
Forty residents included in today’s active, confirmed-and-probable case count are hospitalized.
Twenty-eight of the new cases are confirmed and 11 are probable cases, Comal County Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said.
The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 10.97%, and the seven-day antigen positivity rate is 7.93%. The TSA P percentage is 13.62%.
County hospitals are caring for 49 COVID-19 cases. Sixteen patients are in intensive care and 10 are on ventilators.
Approximately 96% of these patients are unvaccinated.
Not all patients in Comal County hospitals are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.
Location Breakdown of New Cases
- New Braunfels – 21
- North of Canyon Lake – 3
- South of Canyon Lake – 2
- South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 0
- Bulverde/Spring Branch – 13
- Fair Oaks – 0
Age Range of New Cases
- Under 20 – 10
- 20’s – 2
- 30’s/40’s – 12
- 50’s/60’s – 12
- 70 and older – 3
As of Thursday morning, Public Health reports
- 169,046 tests conducted
- 10,310 confirmed cases
- 7,709 probable cases
- 24 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
Of the 18,043 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:
- New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 12,158
- Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 2,907
- South of Canyon Lake – 1,250
- North of Canyon Lake – 1,041
- Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 605
- Fair Oaks Ranch – 82
Comal County’s Public Health Department is now administering Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to those 18 years and older and Pfizer vaccines for anyone 12 years and older.
This includes a third dose of either vaccine for anyone who is moderate to severely immunocompromised.
“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.