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Forty-Five New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Comal County on Wednesday

Residents who wish to be vaccinated for COVID-19 should call Comal County Public Health Office at 830-221-1150.

Comal County reported 45 new cases of COVID-19 today, almost half of them in residents under the age of 20, bringing the county total to 10,891.

An infant under 12 months is included in these figures.

Twenty-one of the new cases are confirmed and 24 are probable, county said in a statement.

The number of active cases in the county continues to decrease. There are now 158 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus in Comal County. Ten residents are hospitalized.

Another 76 COVID-19 recoveries were reported today. The total recovered is 10,411. Total deceased remains at 322 residents.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Wednesday is 2.40%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 3.54%. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage is 2.49%.

On Wednesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 10 COVID-19 patients. Of those, three are in intensive care and one is on a ventilator. 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 – 27
  • North of Canyon Lake – 4
  • South of Canyon Lake – 4
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 3
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 6
  • Fair Oaks – 1

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 20
  • 20s – 5
  • 30’s/40’s – 10
  • 50s/60s – 9
  • 70 and older -1

Testing Information

As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 100,434 tests conducted
  • 5,818 confirmed cases
  • 5,049 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 10,891 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 7,719
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,587
  • South of Canyon Lake – 619
  • North of Canyon Lake – 519
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) –393
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 54

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 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.

Suspected Cases

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.

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