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Deaths of Two Canyon Lake Men Confirmed Tuesday, County Adds 175 New Cases of COVID-19

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Deaths of Two Canyon Lake Men Confirmed Tuesday, County Adds 175 New Cases of COVID-19

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Residents who wish to be tested or vaccinated for COVID-19 should call Comal County's Public Health Office at 830-221-1150. Image courtesy of Comal County Engineer's Office.

The COVID-19 deaths of two Canyon Lake men and two New Braunfels residents were confirmed today by Comal County.

In a statement, Comal County Public Information Officer Cary Zayas also reported another 175 new cases of the virus as the number of active cases surged from 838 on Monday to 983.

County hospitalizations also rose from 49 reported on Monday to 60 today. Of those, 12 are in intensive care and two are on ventilators.

Public Health also confirmed the COVID-19 deaths of four Comal County residents:

  • A Canyon Lake man in his 70s who died July 22 at a San Antonio hospital.
  • A Canyon Lake man in his 60s who died July 23 at a San Antonio hospital.
  • A New Braunfels man in his 80s who died July 31 at a New Braunfels hospital.
  • A New Braunfels woman in her 80s who died July 31 at a New Braunfels hospital.

The total number of deceased is now 341.

Of the new cases reported today, 117 are confirmed and 58 are probable.

Of the confirmed, active-and-probable cases added, 23 residents are hospitalized.

Weekend data is included in today’s COVID-19 report from the county.

Not all patients in Comal County hospitals are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.

Total cases reported since reporting began in 2020 now stands at 12,863. Another 36 recoveries were added today, bringing the total recovered to 11,539.

The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Tuesday is 12.76%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 8.47%. The TSA P percentage is 11.22%.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

  • New Braunfels – 115
  • North of Canyon Lake – 15
  • South of Canyon Lake – 13
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 3
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 28
  • Fair Oaks – 1

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 28
  • 20s – 37
  • 30’s/40’s – 59
  • 50s/60s – 38
  • 70 and older – 13

Testing Information

As of Tuesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 125,716 tests conducted
  • 7,041 confirmed cases
  • 5,798 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 12,863 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 9,057
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,865
  • South of Canyon Lake – 784
  • North of Canyon Lake – 652
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 447
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 58

Vaccinations

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.

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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