Two Canyon Lake, Eight Other Comal County Residents Die of COVID-19, Number of New Cases Rises by 88
Ten more Comal County residents died of COVID-19 between Dec. 18, 2020 and Jan. 4, the county said in a statement issued today. Two of them are Canyon Lake residents in their 60s.
County Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said 88 new cases of COVID-19 also were reported today by Public Health. Seven of them are confirmed, 80 are probable and one is a suspect case.
- A New Braunfels man in his 50s who died Dec. 18, 2020 at a local hospital
- A New Braunfels man in his 70s who died Dec. 20, 2020 at a San Antonio hospital
- A New Braunfels man in his 70s who died Dec. 23, 2020 at home
- A Canyon Lake man in his 60s who died Dec. 25, 2020 at a San Antonio hospital
- A Spring Branch woman in her 60s who died Dec. 27, 2020 at a San Antonio hospital
- A New Braunfels woman in her 60s who died Dec. 28, 2020 at a New Braunfels hospital
- A Canyon Lake woman in her 60s who died Dec. 29, 2020 in New Braunfels
- A New Braunfels man in his 90s who died Jan. 4 in New Braunfels
- A New Braunfels woman in her 80s who died Jan. 4 in New Braunfels
- A New Braunfels woman in her 80s who died Jan. 2 in New Braunfels
The total number of deceased is now 178. The county has 723 active, confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases. Of those, 61 are hospitalized.
The seven-day molecular positivity rate is 13.97%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 10.82%. Trauma Service P — which includes Comal County — is at 20.84%.
On Wednesday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 85 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 14 are in intensive care and 10 are on ventilators. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in county hospitals.
Another 228 recoveries were reported, for a total of 5,732.
Location Breakdown of New Cases
New Braunfels – 81
North of Canyon Lake – 4
South of Canyon Lake – 1
S. Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 0
Bulverde/Spring Branch – 2
Fair Oaks – 0
Age Range of New Cases
Under 20 – 6
20’s – 14
30’s/40’s – 40
50s/60s – 21
70 and older – 7
As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports
- 47,285 tests conducted
- 3,932 confirmed cases
- 2,691 probable cases
- 10 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
Of the 6,633 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:
New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 4,856
Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 948
South of Canyon Lake – 358
North of Canyon Lake – 258
Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 190
Fair Oaks Ranch – 23
“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 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 towards the total case tally. Supportive laboratory evidence means:
- Detection of specific antibody in serum, plasma or whole blood.
- Detection of specific antigen by immunocytochemistry in an autopsy specimen.