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Twenty-Three Cases, 49 COVID-19 Recoveries Reported in Comal County Thursday

Comal County's COVID-19 dashboard for Thursday, Oct. 14.

Comal County reported 23 COVID-19 cases and 49 recoveries today, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 19,060.

Two of the cases are backlogged, 15 are confirmed and eight are probable cases of the virus.

The total number of deceased is now 439. The number of total recovered since March 2020 is 18,047.

In a statement, the county said the number of active, confirmed-and-probable cases fell again, to 574. Of those, 19 are hospitalized.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 3.92%, and the seven-day antigen positivity rate is 4.24%. The TSA P percentage is 8%.

County hospitals are caring for 19 patients with COVID-19. Seven are in intensive care and two are on ventilators.

Approximately 85% 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 – 19
  • North of Canyon Lake – 0
  • South of Canyon Lake – -1 (adjusted due to a case being reported twice)
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) -3
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 1
  • Fair Oaks – 1

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 8
  • 20’s – 7
  • 30’s/40’s – 7
  • 50’s/60’s – 2
  • 70 and older – -1 (adjusted due to a case being reported twice)

Testing Information

As of Thursday morning, Public Health reports

  • 183,882 tests conducted
  • 10,962 confirmed cases
  • 8,074 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 19,060 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 12,774
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 3,095
  • South of Canyon Lake – 1,334
  • North of Canyon Lake – 1,121
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 648
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 88


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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