Number of COVID-19 Cases in Comal County Surges, Another Death Reported
Comal County’s COVID-19 count surged this morning with 56 new cases reported.
A New Braunfels woman in her 80s passed away in an out-of-county hospital, bringing the death toll from the virus to 123.
In a statement, county Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said 32 of the new cases are confirmed, 23 are probable and one is suspect. The seven-day positivity rate for Tuesday is 8.33%. There are now 219 active, confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases. Of those, six are hospitalized.
County hospitals reported caring for 13 COVID-19 patients. Of those, five are in intensive care and two are on ventilators.
Another 21 COVID-19 recoveries were reported today, bringing the total recovered to 3,655.
Location Breakdown of New Cases
New Braunfels – 36
North of Canyon Lake – 4
South of Canyon Lake – 3
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 2
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 11
Age Range of New Cases
Under 20 – 7
20’s – 5
30’s/40’s – 23
50’s/60’s – 10
70 and older – 11
Total Case Count
As of Tuesday morning, Comal County’s Office of Public Health has received reports of the following test information:
- 30,995 tests conducted
- 2,960 confirmed cases
- 1,034 probable cases
- 3 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal County) – 2,927
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 594
South of Canyon Lake – 197
North of Canyon Lake – 138
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 129
Fair Oaks Ranch – 12
“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 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 towards the total case tally. Supportive laboratory evidence means:
- Detection of specific antibody in serum, plasma or whole blood.
- Detection of specific antigen by immunocytochemistry in an autopsy specimen.