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