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