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Twenty-Six New Cases of COVID-19 Reported in Comal County

Comal County on Monday confirmed 13 new cases and 13 probable cases of COVID-19.

Comal County confirmed 13 new cases of COVID-19 today, June 9, but said there are another 13 “probable cases” after the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) expanded its reporting criteria to treat confirmed and probable cases identically.

With 26 new cases reported on Monday, June 8, County Director of Public Health Cheryl Fraser said DSHS’ new category is for those who have tested positive using a quick-result antigen test without receiving a positive real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain
reaction test (PCR).

PCR tests take longer to process and are considered more accurate. They are the standard for when a person is considered positive for the coronavirus, regardless of whether they have symptoms.

“For all intents and purposes, a probable case is treated the same as a confirmed positive case,” Fraser said. “They have reported COVID-19 symptoms, and they either have a positive test result or close contact with a confirmed positive case.”

Whether the case is probable or confirmed, the instructions for the patient are identical. The county’s Office of Public Health is alerting first responders to take extra precautions if responding to their address.

Epidemiological investigations also treat confirmed and probable cases identically, she said.

The county has added this category to its COVID-19 dashboard.

Comal County has now reported a total of 134 cases of COVID-19.

Today, it also confirmed 12 recoveries from COVID-19, for a total of 109. With seven deaths, the county now has 31 active confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases, two of them hospitalized.

“As people increase their contact with each other, we are seeing the spread of COVID-19 increase,” Fraser said. “It’s more important than ever for everyone in our community to protect themselves, their loved ones and their neighbors by avoiding large groups, wearing face coverings, and washing hands or using hand sanitizer frequently.”

Tuesday’s Statistics

  • 3,885 tests conducted
  • 134 confirmed cases
  • 13 probable cases

Location Breakdown

(of the 147 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases)

  • 81 (72 confirmed, 9 probable) from New Braunfels or the immediate area
  • 16 confirmed from north of Canyon Lake
  • 14 confirmed from the Bulverde area
  • 10 (8 confirmed, 2 probable) from eastern Comal County
  • 7 (6 confirmed, 1 probable) from south of Canyon Lake
  • 7 (6 confirmed, 1 probable) confirmed from the Spring Branch area
  • 3 confirmed from Garden Ridge
  • 3 confirmed from central Comal County
  • 3 confirmed from southwest Comal County
  • 2 confirmed from Fair Oaks Ranch
  • 1 confirmed from Schertz

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.

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