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Two Deaths, 111 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Comal County Monday

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Two Deaths, 111 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Comal County Monday

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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.

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

Testing Information

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

Vaccinations

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 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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