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Nine More COVID-19 Deaths Reported in Comal County on Monday

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Nine More COVID-19 Deaths Reported in Comal County on Monday

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Another nine Comal County residents have died of COVID-19, the county said today.

Two of the dead lived in Canyon Lake. The total number of deceased is 278.

Due to weather-related closures, Comal County will not provide further COVID-19 updates until Thursday.

Dead are:

  • A Canyon Lake man in his 60s who died on Feb. 5 at a New Braunfels hospital
  • A Canyon Lake man in his 70s who died Feb. 7 at a New Braunfels hospital
  • A New Braunfels woman in her 80s who died on Feb. 11
  • A New Braunfels man in his 70s who died Jan. 27 at a New Braunfels hospital
  • A New Braunfels woman in her 50s who died on Jan. 31 at a New Braunfels hospital
  • A New Braunfels man in his 70s who died on Feb. 3
  • A Spring Branch man in his 80s who died on Jan. 30
  • A Spring Branch woman in her 80s who died on Jan. 28 at a San Antonio hospital.

The county also reported 31 new cases of COVID-19. Of those, 21 are confirmed and 10 are probable cases. There are now 630 active cases of the virus. Of those, 51 are hospitalized. Another 37 recoveries were confirmed, for a total of 7,954.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Comal is now 94.68%. This is based on 301 PCR tests, 285 of which were positive. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 18.05%. The county did not report the Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage for Monday. Businesses now operating at 50% capacity can reopen at 75% capacity if the TSAP stays below the 15% mark for seven consecutive business days.

On Monday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 34 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 11 are in intensive care and eight are on ventilators.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

  • New Braunfels – 18
  • North of Canyon Lake – 3
  • South of Canyon Lake – 3
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 1
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 5
  • Fair Oaks – 1

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 2
  • 20’s – 1
  • 30’s/40’s – 9
  • 50’s/60’s – 15
  • 70 and older – 4

Testing Information

As of Monday morning, Public Health reports

  • 64,201 tests conducted
  • 4,671 confirmed cases
  • 4,172 probable cases
  • 19 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 8,862 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 6,420
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,252
  • South of Canyon Lake – 491
  • North of Canyon Lake – 387
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 269
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 43

Vaccines

The Comal County COVID-19 vaccine standby list is now full and closed. Residents interested in receiving a COVID-19 who meet the criteria in Phase 1A and Phase 1B of the State of Texas’ vaccination plan should visit mycomalcounty.com or Comal County’s Facebook page for more information about the status of the list.

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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