New COVID-19 cases bring Comal County total to seven, three in New Braunfels

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Comal County announced two more local cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, March 25, bringing the county's total to seven confirmed patients.

Of the new cases, one has been confirmed by the Office of Public Health to be related to travel outside of south Central Texas, while the other patient's recent history remains under investigation, according to a press release from the county.

One of the new patients is hospitalized outside of the county and the other has self-quarantined. There are now two Comal County residents hospitalized in other counties.

The newest patients are in their 40s and 60s. One is from New Braunfels and the other lives in the eastern part of the Comal.

Of the new cases, one is New Braunfels' third and the other is the third to come out of eastern Comal County.

There are 92 coronavirus tests that have been reported to the county as of 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25. Results are still pending for 28 tests.

The city of New Braunfels issued a "Stay Home-Work Safe order" Tuesday afternoon that goes into effect just before midnight on March 25. Comal County's Judge Sherman Krause has not issued a similar order yet.

"As you've seen, things change from day to day. Today, we are not planning on implementing that kind of order," Krause said at a meeting announcing the city's order on March 24. "The city is implementing this new order because they think it is the best course of action."
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.


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