Monday Update: 147 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Comal County
Comal County updated its COVID-19 case count today after a three-day weekend, reporting 147 new COVID-19 cases.
County offices were closed on Friday and no tally was officially released. Today’s numbers reflect cases reported on Thursday and Friday. Cases added over the weekend will be reported Tuesday.
In a statement, the county said 89 of the new cases are confirmed and 58 are probable. No deaths were reported. The total number of deceased is 410.
The majority of new cases reported are in residents under the age of 50.
There are now 1,225 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus in the county. Forty-one of those residents are hospitalized.
The number of cases reported since March 2020 now stands at 18,190. Another 233 recoveries were added today, for a total of 16,555.
The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 8.33%, and the seven-day antigen positivity rate is 6.65%. The TSA P percentage is 12.1%.
County hospitals are caring for 40 COVID-19 cases. Fourteen patients are in intensive care and 11 are on ventilators.
Approximately 93% of these patients are unvaccinated.
Not all patients in Comal County hospitals are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.
Location Breakdown of New Cases
- New Braunfels – 80
- North of Canyon Lake – 15
- South of Canyon Lake – 12
- South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 11
- Bulverde/Spring Branch – 29
- Fair Oaks – 0
Age Range of New Cases
- Under 20 – 47
- 20’s – 15
- 30’s/40’s – 40
- 50’s/60’s – 37
- 70 and older – 8
As of Monday morning, Public Health reports
- 170,547 tests conducted
- 10,399 confirmed cases
- 7,767 probable cases
- 24 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
Of the 18,190 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:
- New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 12,238
- Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 2,936
- South of Canyon Lake – 1,262
- North of Canyon Lake – 1,056
- Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 616
- Fair Oaks Ranch – 82
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.
This includes a third dose of either vaccine for anyone who is moderate to severely immunocompromised.
“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.