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One Death, 218 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Comal County Wednesday

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One Death, 218 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Comal County Wednesday

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Comal County reported 218 new cases of COVID-19 today and confirmed the death of a New Braunfels man in his 50s who passed away at home on Aug. 11.

Forty of the new cases are reported in residents under the age of 20, including an infant under 20 months of age.

Of the new cases, 170 are confirmed and 48 are probable. The total number of deceased is now 353.

There are 1,367 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of COVID-19 in the county. Of those, 48 are hospitalized.

Another 116 COVID-19 recoveries were reported today, for a total of 12,613.

County hospitals are now caring for 93 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 20 are in intensive care, and nine 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.

County Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said the seven-day molecular positivity rate for Wednesday is 9.20%, and the seven-day antigen positivity rate is 11.42%. The TSA P percentage is 19.99%.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

  • New Braunfels – 146
  • North of Canyon Lake – 15
  • South of Canyon Lake – 13
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 5
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 38
  • Fair Oaks – 1

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 40 (includes an infant under 12 months of age)
  • 20s – 47
  • 30’s/40’s – 71
  • 50s/60s – 50
  • 70 and older – 10

Testing Information

As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 137,267 tests conducted
  • 7,917 confirmed cases
  • 6,392 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 14,333 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 10,005
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 2,121
  • South of Canyon Lake – 905
  • North of Canyon Lake – 752
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 487
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 63

Vaccinations

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.

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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