Get Vaccinated, Comal’s Public Health Director Urges as COVID-19 Cases Soar
With Comal County’s number of active COVID-19 cases at an all-time high, Public Health Director Cheryl Fraser urges anyone who is still unvaccinated to “consider it.”
“Even though the vaccine is not 100-percent effective, it is the best defense we have to fight COVID-19,” she said in a statement. “Wearing a mask, social distancing, good hand hygiene and staying home when you are sick are still very effective ways to protect yourself and others around you. This battle is not over yet and we cannot grow weary of well-doing.”
The county reported 116 new cases of the virus today, bringing the number of active, confirmed-and-probable cases to a record 1,059. Of those, 29 residents are hospitalized.
Seventy-three of the new cases of COVID-19 are confirmed and 43 are probable. The total number of deceased remains 341. Forty recoveries were reported today for a total of 11,579.
On Wednesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 70 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 13 are in intensive care and two are on ventilators. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in county hospitals.
The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Wednesday is 12.93%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 8.69%. The TSA P percentage is 12.18%.
Location Breakdown of New Cases
- New Braunfels – 70
- North of Canyon Lake – 5
- South of Canyon Lake – 16
- South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 2
- Bulverde/Spring Branch – 23
- Fair Oaks – 0
Age Range of New Cases
- Under 20 – 24
- 20s – 21
- 30’s/40’s – 34
- 50s/60s – 28
- 70 and older – 9
As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports
- 125,589 tests conducted
- 7,114 confirmed cases
- 5,841 probable cases
- 24 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
Of the 12,979 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:
- New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 9,127
- Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,888
- South of Canyon Lake – 800
- North of Canyon Lake – 657
- Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 449
- Fair Oaks Ranch – 58
Comal County’s Public Health Department is now administering Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to those 18 years and older and Pfizer vaccines for anyone 12 years and older.
“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.
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.