Fifty New COVID-19 Cases, One Death Reported in Comal County Monday
Comal County reported 50 new cases of COVID-19 today and confirmed the death of Spring Branch man in his 50s who passed away from the virus at a San Antonio hospital on Sept. 25.
The number of COVID-19 deaths in Comal County is now 427. Some 18,618 cases of the virus have been reported since March 2020. Another 101 recoveries were added today, for a total of 17,316.
In a statement, the county said 27 of the new cases are confirmed and 23 are probable cases.
The number of active, confirmed-and-probable cases is 875. Of those, 29 residents are hospitalized.
The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 9.46%, and the seven-day antigen positivity rate is 8.29%. The TSA P percentage is 9.25%.
County hospitals are caring for 38 COVID-19 cases. Fourteen patients are in intensive care and 11 are on ventilators.
Approximately 91% 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 – 36
- North of Canyon Lake – 2
- South of Canyon Lake – 2
- South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 0
- Bulverde/Spring Branch – 9
- Fair Oaks -1
Age Range of New Cases
- Under 20 – 19
- 20’s – 6
- 30’s/40’s – 10
- 50’s/60’s – 13
- 70 and older – 2
As of Monday morning, Public Health reports
- 175,698 tests conducted
- 10,670 confirmed cases
- 7,924 probable cases
- 24 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
Of the 18,618 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:
- New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 12,496
- Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 3,019
- South of Canyon Lake – 1,301
- North of Canyon Lake – 1,087
- Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 631
- Fair Oaks Ranch – 84
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.
Those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and qualify for a third dose can call to schedule an appointment for a vaccine.
Appointments can be made by calling 830-221-1150.
“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.