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New Braunfels Man in his 40s Dies of COVID-19, County Adds 35 New Cases

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New Braunfels Man in his 40s Dies of COVID-19, County Adds 35 New Cases

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Residents who wish to be tested or vaccinated for COVID-19 should call Comal County Public Health Office at 830-221-1150. File image.

A New Braunfels man in his 40s died Sunday of COVID-19.

He passed away at a New Braunfels hospital. No further information is available.

The total number of deceased is now 325.

In a statement today, Comal County also reported 35 new COVID-19 cases. Twenty-two are confirmed and 13 are probable cases. The county’s total is 11,221 cases since reporting began around March 2020.

There are now 210 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus in Comal County. Twelve residents are hospitalized.

Another 11 COVID-19 recoveries also were reported today, for a total of 10,686.

The county’s seven-day molecular positivity rate for Wednesday is 3.74%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 5.9%. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage is 2.48%.

On Wednesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 27 COVID-19 patients. Of those, eight are in intensive care. There are no patients 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 – 27
  • North of Canyon Lake – 1
  • South of Canyon Lake – 6
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 0
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 1
  • Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 8
  • 20s – 3
  • 30’s/40’s – 12
  • 50s/60s – 10
  • 70 and older -2

Testing Information

As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 107,659 tests conducted
  • 6,003 confirmed cases
  • 5,194 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 11,221 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 7,967
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,620
  • South of Canyon Lake – 640
  • North of Canyon Lake – 533
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) –406
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 55

Vaccinations

Comal County’s Public Health Department is now administereing Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to those 18 years and older and Pfizer vaccines for anyone 12 years and older.

On Thursday, June 24, the county will vaccinate anyone ages 12 and older with the Pfizer vaccine.

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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