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Public Health Confirms COVID-19 Death of Teenager, Youngest in Comal County

Residents who would like to be vaccinated for COVID-19 should call Comal County Public Health Office at 830-221-1150. Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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

Testing Information

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 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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