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Forty-Six Comal Residents Hospitalized with COVID-19, County Adds 90 New Cases Wednesday

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Forty-Six Comal Residents Hospitalized with COVID-19, County Adds 90 New Cases Wednesday

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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. File image.

Comal County says 46 of its residents are now hospitalized with COVID-19.

There are 785 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of COVID-19 in the county, Comal County Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said in an email. The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 26.45%, up from 18.29% on Tuesday. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 25.16%, up from 19.99% on Tuesday.

The county also reported another 90 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the total to 5,930. Forty-seven are confirmed cases and 43 are probable.

Comal County hospitals on Wednesday reported caring for 70 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 16 are in intensive care and 10 are on ventilators. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents and not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.

An additional 77 COVID-19 recoveries were confirmed today, for a total of 4,999.

In a statement, the county reiterated the importance of wearing face coverings, social distancing, staying home when sick and using good hand hygiene.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

New Braunfels – 56
North of Canyon Lake – 5
South of Canyon Lake – 7
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 3
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 19
Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 6
20’s – 21
30’s/40’s – 30
50s/60s – 26
70 and older – 7

Testing Information

As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 40,935 tests conducted
  • 3,854 confirmed cases
  • 2,067 probable cases
  • 9 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 5,930 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 4,295
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 881
South of Canyon Lake – 321
North of Canyon Lake – 229
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ride and Schertz) – 182
Fair Oaks Ranch – 22

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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