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Six Deaths, 86 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Comal County Friday

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Six more New Braunfels residents have died from COVID-19.

Comal County reported the deaths in a statement today. Another 86 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed. Fifty-nine of them are probable, 26 are confirmed and one is a suspect case.

Dead are

  • A New Braunfels woman in her 80s who died on Dec. 4, 2020 at a New Braunfels hospital
  • A New Braunfels man in his 80s who died on Jan. 2
  • A New Braunfels man in his 80s who died on Jan. 3
  • Three New Braunfels women in their 80s who died on Jan. 6

The total number of deceased is now 186. The county has 779 active, confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases. Of those, 59 are hospitalized.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 21.37%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 10.63%. Trauma Service P — which includes Comal County — is at 21.17%.

On Friday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 86 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 13 are in intensive care and nine are on ventilators. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in county hospitals.

Three additional recoveries were confirmed, for a total of 5,827.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

New Braunfels – 65
North of Canyon Lake – 4
South of Canyon Lake – 8
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 5
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 3
Fair Oaks – 1

Age Range of New Cases

Under 20 – 10
20’s – 12
30’s/40’s – 17
50s/60s – 20
70 and older – 27

Testing Information

As of Friday morning, Public Health reports

  • 48,122 tests conducted
  • 3,976 confirmed cases
  • 2,805 probable cases
  • 11 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 6,792 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 4,980
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 957
South of Canyon Lake – 367
North of Canyon Lake – 263
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 199
Fair Oaks Ranch – 26

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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