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Two More Nursing Home Residents Die from COVID-19, County Reports 13 New Cases

Comal County’s positivity rate is now 16.50%, essentially unchanged from Friday’s rate of 16.47%.

Comal County today confirmed two more deaths related to COVID-19, and 13 new cases of the virus in county residents.

A man in his 70s from Kirkwood Manor died at the facility on July 25. A positive COVID-19 test taken before his death returned positive on Saturday. The other death reported today was a man from Colonial Manor who died Saturday at the nursing home.

Fourteen residents of Kirkwood Manor and eight residents of Colonial Manor have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Overall, 56 Comal County residents have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Monday’s Numbers

Of the 13 new cases, 10 are confirmed and three are probable; 11 are New Braunfels-area residents, one is from the Bulverde/Spring Branch area, and one is from the Garden Ridge area. Four are younger than 30, seven are in their 30s or 40s, and two are in their 50s or 60s. None is older than 70.

Comal County’s positivity rate is now 16.50%, essentially unchanged from Friday’s rate of 16.47%. The positivity rate is the daily percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 in relation to the total number of people tested that day.

Comal County also confirmed 62 more recoveries from COVID-19, for a total of 1,216. With 56 deaths, the county now has 885 active confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases – its smallest number since July 15 and the fourth consecutive decline. Of them, 53 are hospitalized, a decline of three from Friday.

On Monday, Comal County hospitals reported caring for 33 COVID-19 patients; of those, 15 are in intensive care beds, and 10 are on ventilators. Not all of these patients are necessarily county residents; likewise, not all county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are in Comal County hospitals.

Location Breakdown

Of the 2,157 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:

  • 1,623 from the New Braunfels area, including eastern and central Comal County
  • 319 from western Comal County, including Bulverde and Spring Branch
  • 110 from south of Canyon Lake
  • 54 from north of Canyon Lake, including Fischer
  • 43 from southern Comal County, including Garden Ridge and Schertz
  • 8 from Fair Oaks Ranch

Probable Case Definition

“Probable cases” 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 following three criteria:

  • A positive quick-result antigen test
  • Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Close contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case

A probable case is treated identically to a confirmed case and counts toward the county’s positivity rate and total case tally.

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