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Spring Branch Man in His 40s One of Four New COVID-19 Deaths in Comal County

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A Spring Branch man in his 40s who died Sept. 21 at a San Antonio hospital is one of four Comal County residents whose COVID-19 deaths were reported Thursday by the county.

Dead are:

  • A Spring Branch woman in her 70s who died Sept. 21 at a San Antonio hospital.
  • A Bulverde man in his 70s who died on Sept. 16 at a San Antonio hospital.
  • A New Braunfels woman in her 90s who died Sept. 14 at a New Braunfels hospital.

The number of COVID-19 deaths in Comal County now stands at 424.

In a statement, the county also reported 53 new COVID-19 cases and 188 recoveries from the virus. Thirty-seven of the new cases are confirmed and 16 are probable cases.

The number of active cases fell to 941. Of those, 29 residents are hospitalized.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 9.82%, and the seven-day antigen positivity rate is 8%. The TSA P percentage is 11.94%.

County hospitals are caring for 45 COVID-19 cases. Fourteen patients are in intensive care and 10 are on ventilators.

Approximately 93% 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.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

  • New Braunfels – 34
  • North of Canyon Lake – 6
  • South of Canyon Lake – 2
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 1
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 10
  • Fair Oaks -0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 11
  • 20’s – 5
  • 30’s/40’s – 19
  • 50’s/60’s – 10
  • 70 and older – 8

Testing Information

As of Thursday morning, Public Health reports

  • 174,237 tests conducted
  • 10,603 confirmed cases
  • 7,874 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 18,501 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 12,420
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 2,992
  • South of Canyon Lake – 1,294
  • North of Canyon Lake – 1,082
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 630
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 83


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.

Those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and qualify for a third dose can call to schedule an appointment for a vaccine.

Appointments can be made by calling 830-221-1150.

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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