Two Deaths, 111 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Comal County Monday
Comal County confirmed the COVID-19 deaths of two New Braunfels men today and reported 111 new cases of the virus.
In a statement, Public Health said a New Braunfels man in his 70s died July 22 at a New Braunfels hospital. A New Braunfels man in his 50s died July 23 at a New Braunfels hospital.
The total number of deceased is now 337.
The county said it added 111 new cases of COVID-19. Of those, 80 are confirmed and 31 are probable cases.
There are now 848 active, confirmed-and-probable cases in the county. Of those, 23 residents are hospitalized.
Comal County hospitals reported caring for 49 COVID-19 patients. Of those, eight are in intensive care and one is on a ventilator. 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 12,688. Another 59 recoveries were added, bringing the total recovered to 11,503.
The seven-day molecular positivity rate for Monday is 11.13%. The seven-day antigen positivity rate is 7.78%. The TSA P percentage is 10.65%.
These figures do not include weekend data, which is included in Comal County’s Tuesday reports.
Location Breakdown of New Cases
- New Braunfels – 75
- North of Canyon Lake – 5
- South of Canyon Lake – 10
- South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 3
- Bulverde/Spring Branch – 18
- Fair Oaks – 0
Age Range of New Cases
- Under 20 – 11
- 20s – 23
- 30’s/40’s – 34
- 50s/60s – 30
- 70 and older – 13
As of Monday morning, Public Health reports
- 124,786 tests conducted
- 6,924 confirmed cases
- 5,740 probable cases
- 24 suspect cases
Location Breakdown of All Cases
Of the 12,688 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:
- New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 8,942
- Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 1,837
- South of Canyon Lake – 771
- North of Canyon Lake – 637
- Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 444
- Fair Oaks Ranch – 57
Comal County’s Public Health Department is now administering Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to those 18 years and older on Fridays and Pfizer vaccines for anyone 12 years and older on Thursdays.
“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.
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.