One Death, 103 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Comal County Monday
Comal County reported the death of a New Braunfels man in his 50s day.
He died at a San Antonio hospital on Aug. 7. The total number of deceased is now 369.
In a statement, Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said another 103 new COVID-19 cases were added to the county’s case count, bringing total cases to 15,503 since reporting began in March 2020.
Of the new cases, 77 are confirmed and 26 are probable.
There are currently 1,511 active, confirmed-and-probable cases in the county. Of those, 28 residents are hospitalized.
County hospitals are caring for 75 COVID-19 patients. Eighteen are in intensive care and 15 are on ventilators.
Approximately 93% of these patients are unvaccinated.
Not all patients in Comal County hospitals are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.
The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 19.25%, and the seven-day antigen positivity rate is 9.97%. The TSA P percentage is 18.72%.
Commal County also reported 85 COVID-19 recoveries for a total of 13,623.
Location Breakdown of New Cases
- New Braunfels – 57
- North of Canyon Lake – 17
- South of Canyon Lake – 10
- South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 2
- Bulverde/Spring Branch – 16
- Fair Oaks – 1
Age Range of New Cases
- Under 20 – 22 (includes an infant under 12 months of age)
- 20s – 10
- 30’s/40’s – 32
- 50s/60s – 28
- 70 and older – 11
As of Monday morning, Public Health reports
- 145,149 tests conducted
- 8,731 confirmed cases
- 6,748 probable cases
- 24 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
Of the 15,503 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:
- New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 10,718
- Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 2,318
- South of Canyon Lake – 1,017
- North of Canyon Lake – 851
- Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 529
- Fair Oaks Ranch – 70
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.
The Pfizer vaccine is now fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Anyone who hasn’t received the Moderna vaccine can ask to receive the Pfizer shot.
“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.