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Twenty-Four More COVID-19 Deaths, 26 New Cases Reported in Comal County

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.

Comal County announced 24 more COVID-19 deaths today but blamed the sudden increase on underreporting.

The county now has 290 active confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases.

The seven day positivity rate for Thursday is 16.27%. On Wednesday the seven-day positivity rate was 8.526%.

“We don’t want people to be alarmed about the spike in the numbers of deaths,” said Public Health Director Cheryl Fraser said in a press release. “We did not have 24 deaths from yesterday to today. After closely reviewing the state database of death records, we found 24 deaths that happened between April and August that were not reported. We are correcting our numbers to be as accurate as possible and show true data for Comal County.”

Of the 26 new cases, 25 are confirmed and one is probable.

Nineteen of the residents who tested positive for COVID-19 live in New Braunfels, one lives north of Canyon Lake, two live south of Canyon Lake, one lives in the Garden Ridge area, and three are Bulverde/Spring Branch residents.

Comal County also confirmed 98 new recoveries from COVID-19. Thirty-nine of the residents currently testing positive for COVID-19 are hospitalized. On Wednesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for nine COVID-19 patients. Four of them are in intensive care beds and three are on ventilators.

Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents; likewise, not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.

Thursday’s Statistics

  • 20,849 tests conducted
  • 2,420 confirmed cases
  • 630 probable cases

Location Breakdown

Ofthe 3,050 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County:

  • 2,324 are in New Braunfels (includes eastern and central Comal County)
  • 413 are in western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch)
  • 143 are south of Canyon Lake
  • 85 are north of Canyon Lake
  • 76 are in southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz)
  • 9 are in Fair Oaks Ranch.

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