Sixteen New Braunfels, Five Bulverde Residents Bring County’s COVID-19 Tally to 298
Comal County on Thursday confirmed 21 new cases of COVID-19, bringing its positivity rate — the percentage of tests with a positive result — to 6.27 percent.
No additional probable-cause cases were reported, the county said in a statement it issued on Friday, June 19.
Of the 21 newly reported cases, 16 are from the New Braunfels area and five are from Bulverde/Spring Branch. Ages range from under 18 to their 50s.
Without hundreds of nursing home tests taken last month, all of which were negative, the county’s positivity rate would be 8.97 percent, its highest since April 10. Today’s number is up from 5.90 percent on Thursday and 4.47 percent one week ago.
It’s the first time the county’s positivity rate has been over six percent since May 15.
The county also confirmed six more recoveries from COVID-19, for a total of 157. With seven deaths, Comal County now has 134 active confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases.
Five residents remain hospitalized.
- 4,756 tests conducted
- 240 confirmed cases
- 58 probable cases
Of the 298 confiremd and probable COVIDI-19 cases in Comal County:
- 219 from the New Braunfels area, including eastern and central Comal County
- 37 from western Comal County, including Bulverde and Spring Branch
- 17 from north of Canyon Lake, including Fischer
- 13 from south of Canyon Lake
- 10 from southern Comal County, including Garden Ridge and Schertz
- 2 from Fair Oaks Ranch
“Probable cases” 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 following three criteria:
- A positive quick-result antigen test
- Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
- Close contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case
A probable case is treated identically to a confirmed case and counts toward the county’s positivity rate and total case tally.
Residents wishing to be tested for COVID-19 can call the county’s dedicated hotline, 830-221-1120, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.