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Four New COVID-19 Deaths Reported in Comal County on Friday

Residents wishing to be tested for COVID-19 can call the county’s dedicated hotline, 830-221-1120, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Four New Braunfels residents died of COVID-19 between July 24 and Oct. 8, Comal County said in a statement today.

A man in his 60s died on Oct. 7. A man in his 80s died on Oct. 8. A man in his 60s died on July 24. A woman in her 70s died on Sept. 24.

All of the deaths occurred in New Braunfels hospitals. The total number of deceased now stands at 120.

Another 16 cases of COVID-19 were reported on Friday, five of them confirmed and 11 probable. There are now 3,550 cases in the county.

The seven-day positivity rate for Friday is 7.08%. The county now has 94 active confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases and 13 more recoveries, for a total of 3,336.

On Friday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for seven COVID-19 patients; of those, two are in intensive care and one is on a ventilator. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents; likewise, not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

New Braunfels – 10
South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 2
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 4

Age Breakdown of New Cases

Under 20 – 3
20s – 3
30s/40s – 4
50s/60s – 5
70 and older – 1

Friday’s Statistics

As of Friday morning, Public Health received these reports:

  • 26,124 tests conducted
  • 2,771 confirmed cases
  • 779 probable cases

Probable Cases

“Probable cases” 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 following three criteria:

  • A positive quick-result antigen test
  • Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Close contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case


A probable case is treated identically to a confirmed case and counts toward the county’s positivity rate and total case tally.

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