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Five More Comal County Residents Die of COVID-19 as 170 New Cases Reported Tuesday

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Five More Comal County Residents Die of COVID-19 as 170 New Cases Reported Tuesday

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Five more Comal County residents died of COVID-19 between Dec. 31 and Jan. 3, the county said in a statement today.

Also reported were 170 new cases of the virus. Twelve are confirmed and 158 are probable.

Dead are

  • A New Braunfels woman in her 80s who died on Jan. 3
  • A New Braunfels man in his 80s who died on Jan. 3
  • A New Braunfels woman in her 80s who died on Jan. 3
  • A New Braunfels man in his 50s who died on Dec. 31, 2020
  • A southern Comal County man in his 70s who died on Dec. 31, 2020

Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said the total number of deceased is now 168. The county has 873 active, confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases. Of those, 56 are hospitalized.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 19.85%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 14.49%. Trauma Service P — which includes Comal County — is at 20.52%.

On Tuesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 82 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 17 are in intensive care and 11 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 – 129
North of Canyon Lake – 7
South of Canyon Lake – 10
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 5
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 19
Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 25
20’s – 23
30’s/40’s – 60
50s/60s – 40
70 and older – 22

Testing Information

As of Tuesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 45,454 tests conducted
  • 3,925 confirmed cases
  • 2,611 probable cases
  • 9 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 6,545 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 4,775
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 946
South of Canyon Lake – 357
North of Canyon Lake – 254
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 190
Fair Oaks Ranch – 23

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 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 towards the total case tally. Supportive laboratory evidence means:

  • Detection of specific antibody in serum, plasma or whole blood.
  • Detection of specific antigen by immunocytochemistry in an autopsy specimen.

 

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