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Five More New Braunfels Residents Dead from COVID-19, Comal County Reports 127 New Cases

Residents wishing to be tested for COVID-19 can call Comal County's dedicated hotline, 830-221-1120 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment. Testing is only done on Tuesday and Friday, by appointment only. There is no testing scheduled for Friday due to the New Year holiday. Call the Public Health Department to find out if you qualify for a COVID-19 vaccination.

Comal County confirmed five more COVID-19 deaths and 127 new cases of the virus in a statement issued today.

The deceased are:

  • A New Braunfels woman in her 50s who died on Dec. 13
  • A New Braunfels man in his 80s who died on Dec. 14
  • A New Braunfels man in his 80s who died on Dec. 15
  • A woman in her 60s who died on Dec. 20
  • A woman in her 90s who died on Dec. 23

Fourteen of the new cases are confirmed and 113 are probable. There are now 708 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of COVID-19 in the county. Of those, 55 are hospitalized, county Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 19.15%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 17.50%.

On Friday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 82 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 16 are in intensive care and 14 are on ventilators. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in county hospitals.

Another 95 COVID-19 recoveries were reported, for a total of 5,504.

The percentage for Texas Trauma Service Area (TSA) P, which includes Comal County, is 18.24. County bars closed and businesses were ordered to operate at 50-percent capacity on Dec. 28 after hospitalization rates exceeded 15-percent or more of total hospital capacity with COVID-19 for seven consecutive days.

These restrictions will remain in place until TSA P reports seven consecutive days at 15% or less.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

New Braunfels – 108
North of Canyon Lake – 4
South of Canyon Lake – 5
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 1
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 9
Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 12
20’s – 29
30’s/40’s – 43
50s/60s – 35
70 and older – 8

Testing Information

As of Friday morning, Public Health reports

  • 44,307 tests conducted
  • 3,913 confirmed cases
  • 2,453 probable cases
  • 9 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 6,735 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 4,646
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 927
South of Canyon Lake – 347
North of Canyon Lake – 247
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 185
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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