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Eighty-Nine New Cases of COVID-19 Reported, Positivity Rate Declines as County Adds CVS Tests

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Eighty-Nine New Cases of COVID-19 Reported, Positivity Rate Declines as County Adds CVS Tests

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Comal County reported 89 new cases of COVID-19 today but its positivity rate declined three points to 16.37 percent after including tests by CVS pharmacies.

In a statement, the county said four of the 89 residents confirmed with COVID-19 live north of Canyon Lake and two live south of the lake.

Sixty-three of the new cases are confirmed and 26 are probable, sixty-nine are New Braunfels residents, 12 are from the Bulverde/Spring Branch area, and two are from the Garden Ridge area.

Twenty-six of the new cases are reported in individuals younger than 30, including one infant. Twenty-nine are in their 30s or 40s, 28 are in their 50s or 60s, and six are older than 70.

CVS Test Results

Comal County Health Director Cheryl Fraser said efforts to ensure the Office of Public Health receives reports of COVID-19 tests from all providers in the county led to an additional 1,941 tests reported by CVS pharmacies. The county will begin going through those tests today to confirm their results.

“In the interest of transparency, we will keep reporting the daily positivity rate, but we should expect it to take a couple of days to settle as we work through these newly received reports,” Fraser said. “We are in constant communication with local testing providers to make sure we continue reporting information as accurately as possible.”

Tuesday’s Statistics

Of the 2,057 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • 1,543 from the New Braunfels area, including eastern and central Comal County
  • 312 from western Comal County, including Bulverde and Spring Branch
  • 105 from south of Canyon Lake
  • 48 from north of Canyon Lake, including Fischer
  • 42 from southern Comal County, including Garden Ridge and Schertz
  • 7 from Fair Oaks Ranch

Location Breakdown

Of the 2,057 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • 1,543 from the New Braunfels area, including eastern and central Comal County
  • 312 from western Comal County, including Bulverde and Spring Branch
  • 105 from south of Canyon Lake
  • 48 from north of Canyon Lake, including Fischer
  • 42 from southern Comal County, including Garden Ridge and Schertz
  • 7 from Fair Oaks Ranch

Probable case definition

“Probable cases” 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 following three criteria:

  • A positive quick-result antigen test
  • Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Close contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case

A probable case is treated identically to a confirmed case and counts toward the county’s positivity rate and total case tally.

 

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