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COVID-19 Numbers Continue to Fall in Comal County, Three Deaths Reported Thursday

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COVID-19 Numbers Continue to Fall in Comal County, Three Deaths Reported Thursday

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Comal County's COVID-19 dashboard for Thursday, Sept. 23. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination, contact Comal County's Public Health Office at 830-221-1150.

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

Testing Information

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

Vaccinations

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 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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