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Number of COVID-19 Cases in Comal County Surges, Another Death Reported

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Number of COVID-19 Cases in Comal County Surges, Another Death Reported

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Residents wishing to be tested for COVID-19 can call Comal County's dedicated hotline, 830-221-1120 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment. Testing is only done on Tuesday and Friday, by appointment only.

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 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 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 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.

 

 

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