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New Braunfels Man in His 50s Dies of COVID-19, 31 New Cases Reported Monday

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New Braunfels Man in His 50s Dies of COVID-19, 31 New Cases Reported Monday

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Residents who wish to be tested or vaccinated for COVID-19 should call Comal County's Public Health Office at 830-221-1150. Image courtesy of Comal County.

A New Braunfels man in his 50s died of COVID-19 at a New Braunfels hospital July 9, bringing the total number of virus-related deaths in Comal County to 329.

In a statement today, July 12, Comal County also reported 31 new cases of COVID-19 and 33 recoveries from the virus.

Twenty-three of the new cases are confirmed and eight are probable cases, bringing the county’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 11,581. A total of 10,960 recoveries from the virus also were reported.

There are still no confirmed cases of the highly contagious Delta variant in the county.

Some 292 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of COVID-19 also were reported today. Of those, 12 are hospitalized.

The county’s seven-day molecular positivity rate for Monday is 5.57%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 8.41%. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage is 2.91%.

On Monday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 18 COVID-19 patients. Of those, five are in intensive care and three are on ventilators. 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 – 18
  • North of Canyon Lake – 3
  • South of Canyon Lake – 3
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 2
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 5
  • Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 6
  • 20s – 5
  • 30’s/40’s – 11
  • 50s/60s – 7
  • 70 and older – 2

Testing Information

As of Monday morning, Public Health reports

  • 113,881 tests conducted
  • 6,213 confirmed cases
  • 5,344 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 11,581 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 8,229
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,662
  • South of Canyon Lake – 658
  • North of Canyon Lake – 560
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 417
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 55

Vaccinations

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 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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