Public Health Confirms COVID-19 Death of Teenager, Youngest in Comal County
Comal County’s Public Health Department today reported the May 14 COVID-19 death of a New Braunfels woman in her late teens.
She passed away at a San Antonio hospital, becoming the youngest county resident to die of the virus.
In a statement, Public Health also confirmed seven new COVID-10 cases. Three are confirmed and four are probable cases.
The number of active cases in the county continues to decrease. There are now 212 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus in Comal County. Of those, 10 are hospitalized.
Another 21 COVID-19 recoveries were reported. The total recovered is 10,278. The total number of deceased is now 322.
The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Tueday is 3.29%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 3.87%. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage is 2.64%.
On Wednesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for seven COVID-19 patients. Of those, three are in intensive care and one is on a ventilator. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in county hospitals.
Location Breakdown of New Cases
- New Braunfels – 5
- North of Canyon Lake – 1
- South of Canyon Lake – 0
- South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 1
- Bulverde/Spring Branch – 0
- Fair Oaks – 0
Age Range of New Cases
- Under 20 – 0
- 20s – 4
- 30’s/40’s – 0
- 50s/60s – 1
- 70 and older -2
As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports
- 98,262 tests conducted
- 5,776 confirmed cases
- 5,012 probable cases
- 24 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
Of the 10,812 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:
- New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 7,670
- Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,575
- South of Canyon Lake – 613
- North of Canyon Lake – 513
- Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) –388
- Fair Oaks Ranch – 53
“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.
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