BREAKING: Third Comal County COVID-19 case confirmed

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Comal County confirmed the third local case of COVID-19 in a press release on Saturday, March 21. The same day, a county official said in an email that the second confirmed case in the county could not be conclusively determined by the Office of Public Health (OPH) to be travel-related.

The second case did not go into quarantine until a positive test result was received.

The third case is believed by the OPH to be travel related and the patient has been under self-quarantine since returning from abroad.

Demographic information is not being released by the OPH at this time due to privacy concerns for patients testing positive for COVID-19.

That includes where in the county the cases are and, in relation to the second confirmed case, where the patient went before going into quarantine.

There have been 47 tests in the county as of 3 p.m., March 21, but testing has only recently become more available through private labs, which require a physician’s order.

In Texas, there are 304 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five deaths related to the virus as of March 21.

At least 6,522 tests have been performed statewide to date, with 1,372 done by government labs and another 5,150 reported by private labs, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

There are more than 303,000 cases worldwide and 12,944 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University and Medicine. The first case is believed to have been detected in November 2019.

Government information about COVID-19, county office closures and restrictions is available online. The OPH also has a COVID-19 hotline available 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri., at 830-221-1120.


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