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Three Canyon Lake Residents Die of COVID-19, County Confirms Friday

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Comal County’s Office of Public Health on Friday reported the COVID-19 deaths of eight Comal County residents.

Three of the deceased lived in Canyon Lake.

The county also reported 49 new cases of the virus. Seventeen are confirmed and 32 are probable cases, for a total of 9,083 cases.

Dead Are

  • A Spring Branch woman in her 50s who died on Jan. 11.
  • A Canyon Lake woman in her 80s who died on Jan. 23 at a San Antonio hospital
  • A New Braunfels man in his 50s who died on Feb. 8 at a San Antonio hospital
  • A Spring Branch man in his 70s who died on Feb. 9
  • A New Braunfels woman in her 90s who died on Feb. 9
  • A Canyon Lake woman in her 60s who died on Feb. 11
  • A New Braunfels woman in her 80s who died on Feb. 17
  • A Canyon Lake man in his 70s who died on Feb. 4

The county now has 233 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of the virus. Of those, 41 are hospitalized today. An additional 54 COVID-19 recoveries were reported today. The total recovered is 8,558. The total number of deceased is now 292.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Comal is now 42.42%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 12.13%. The Trauma Service Area (TSA) P percentage for Wednesday is 10.71%. 

On Friday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 27 COVID-19 patients. Of those, seven are in intensive care and six are on ventilators. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in county hospitals.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

  • New Braunfels – 21
  • North of Canyon Lake – 6
  • South of Canyon Lake – 8
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 5
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 9
  • Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 5
  • 20’s – 12
  • 30’s/40’s – 16
  • 50’s/60’s – 9
  • 70 and older – 7

Testing Information

As of Friday morning, Public Health reports

  • 65,157 tests conducted
  • 4,773 confirmed cases
  • 4,291 probable cases
  • 19 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 9,083 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 6,547
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,293
  • South of Canyon Lake – 510
  • North of Canyon Lake – 403
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 287
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 43


The Comal County COVID-19 vaccine standby list is now full and closed. Residents interested in receiving a COVID-19 who meet the criteria in Phase 1A and Phase 1B of the State of Texas’ vaccination plan, should visit mycomalcounty.com or check Comal County’s Facebook page for more information about the status of the list.

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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  1. Katelyn Davis February 28, 2021

    Wish people would give more info on the deaths. We’re these people with severe underlying conditions, in which they would’ve succumb to anyway? Would they have succumb to the flu or pneumonia? With all the faulty testing (aka false positives), how do we know they didn’t actually die from flu/pneumonia since they’ve just change the name to Covid now?

  2. Minnie February 26, 2021

    so sad – so much misery


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