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