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Two Deaths Reported Wednesday as Comal County Adds 92 COVID-19 Cases

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Two Deaths Reported Wednesday as Comal County Adds 92 COVID-19 Cases

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Apprroximately 98% of all patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Comal County hospitals are unvaccinated, the county said today. To schedule a COVID-19 test or vaccination, contact Comal County's Public Health Office at 830-221-1150. Shutterstock image.

Two more Comal County residents have died of COVID-19.

The county’s Public Health Department today confirmed the deaths of a Canyon Lake woman in her 80s who passed away at a New Braunfels hospital on Aug. 8, and a Bulverde man in his 60s who passed away at a Bexar County hospital on July 29.

The total number of deceased is now 346.

In a statement today, the county also reported 92 new cases of the virus, 35 of them confirmed and 57 of them probable.

There are now 1,366 active, confirmed-and-probable cases of COVID-19 in the county. Of those, 45 are hospitalized.

Another 89 COVID-19 recoveries were reported today, for a total of 11,997.

County hospitals are now caring for 95 COVID-19 patients. Of those, 15 are in intensive care, and nine are on ventilators. Not all patients in Comal County hospitals are necessarily county residents. Not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.

Approximately 98% of these patients are unvaccinated.

County Public Information Officer Cary Zayas also said the seven-day molecular positivity rate for Wednesday is 15.07%, and the seven-day antigen positivity rate is 19.04%. Today’s TSA P percentage is 17.83%.

Location Breakdown of New Cases

  • New Braunfels – 56
  • North of Canyon Lake – 7
  • South of Canyon Lake – 12
  • South Comal County (Garden Ridge) – 1
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch – 16
  • Fair Oaks – 0

Age Range of New Cases

  • Under 20 – 9 (includes an infant under 12 months of age)
  • 20s – 17
  • 30’s/40’s – 28
  • 50s/60s – 28
  • 70 and older – 10

Testing Information

As of Wednesday morning, Public Health reports

  • 130,985 tests conducted
  • 7,532 confirmed cases
  • 6,153 probable cases
  • 24 suspect cases

Location Breakdown of All Cases

Of the 13,709 confirmed-and-probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • New Braunfels (includes Eastern and Central Comal) – 9,594
  • Western Comal County (includes Bulverde and Spring Branch) – 2,000
  • South of Canyon Lake – 866
  • North of Canyon Lake – 717
  • Southern Comal County (includes Garden Ridge and Schertz) – 472
  • Fair Oaks Ranch – 60

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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