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Six More COVID-19 Deaths, 83 New Cases Reported in Comal County Thursday

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Six More COVID-19 Deaths, 83 New Cases Reported in Comal County Thursday

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Comal County's COVID-19 dashboard for Aug. 26. To schedule a COVID-19 test or vaccination, contact Comal County's Public Health Office at 830-221-1150.

Comal County’s COVID-19 death toll reached 368 today, the county said in a statement.

Six deaths were reported:

  • A New Braunfels man in his 50s died July 28 at a San Antonio hospital.
  • A Bulverde man in his 50s died on Aug. 10 at a San Antonio hospital.
  • Two New Braunfels men in their 60s died Aug. 24 at a New Braunfels hospital.
  • A New Braunfels woman in her 80s died Aug. 24 at a New Braunfels hospital.
  • A New Braunfels man in his 70s died Aug. 25 at a New Braunfels hospital.

In a statement Thursday, Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said Public Health reported 83 new cases of the virus. Fifty-one are confirmed and 32 are probable cases.

There are currently 1,523 active, confirmed-and-probable cases in the county. Of those, 40 residents are hospitalized. Another 91 recoveries were reported. Total recovered is 13,427.

County hospitals reported caring for 81 COVID-19 patients today. Of those, 21 are in intensive care, and 19 are on ventilators.

Approximately 98% 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 21.43%, and the seven-day antigen positivity rate is 9.05%. The TSA P percentage is 21.13%.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

  • New Braunfels – 55
  • North of Canyon Lake – 6
  • South of Canyon Lake – 8
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 1
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 13
  • Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 14 (includes an infant under 12 months of age)
  • 20s – 10
  • 30’s/40’s – 27
  • 50s/60s – 21
  • 70 and older – 11

Testing Information

As of Thursday morning, Public Health reports

  • 144,293 tests conducted
  • 8,596 confirmed cases
  • 6,698 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 15,318 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 10,602
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 2,289
  • South of Canyon Lake – 1,003
  • North of Canyon Lake – 830
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 525
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 69

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.

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 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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