Coronavirus Testing

Texas Military Department members set up coronavirus testing at Canyon High School on Thursday, April 30, 2020. MIKALA COMPTON | Herald-Zeitung

Comal County's COVID-19 positivity rate topped 9 percent on Friday as officials said there were 40 new confirmed cases and 8 others that are probable.

The positivity rate — the percentage of tests with a positive result — is now at 9.20%, up from 8.47% on Thursday and 6.27% one week ago. It’s the highest positivity rate in the county since April 10.

Of the new cases 38 are New Braunfels-area residents, six are from the Bulverde/Spring Branch area, three live south of Canyon Lake, and one lives north of Canyon Lake. Residents in their 20s and 30s continue to make up a large percentage of new cases.

The new cases put Comal County's total cases at 552 since the outbreak began. The county also confirmed 22 more recoveries from the disease, for a total of 225.

The county now has 320 active confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases, 17 of them hospitalized after one patient was discharged Thursday. There have been seven deaths from the disease in Comal County, and one from the city of New Braunfels in neighboring Guadalupe County.

As of Friday morning, the Comal County Office of Public Health has received reports of 6,000 tests conducted with 435 confirmed cases and 117 probable cases.

Probable 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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(3) comments

Quincy Adams

There have been 1244 test results in Comal County over the past 7 days. Of that, 254 cases were found positive. The positivity weekly average rate is now 20.4%. That is an enormous increase over any week since we began collecting data back in March. Today's figures are in unchartered waters with wide community spread. In the beginning there is very little community spread.

Although the Governor is shutting down bars and tubing, it is too little and too late to adequately mitigate the tsunami heading our way. It will take a lot more than that and the sooner the more effective you are.

Exponential growth is mind boggling quick.

Edward Allen

Here's another way of looking at it. Currently there are 17 people hospitalized covid patients in Comal County. That equals .010625 percent of the total population of Comal County, based on 160,000 people.

Edward Allen

...and with the total cases of 552, that is .345 percent of the population of Comal County. About one third of one percent.

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