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Two Canyon Lake, Eight Other Comal County Residents Die of COVID-19, Number of New Cases Rises by 88

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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.

Dead are

  • 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

Testing Information

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 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 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 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.


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