A New Braunfels man in his 40s was the first Comal County resident known to have died due to COVID-19, according to a press release from the county.

The man died on Thursday afternoon, March 26, while he was a patient at Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin.

He was one of the eight cases that had previously been confirmed by the Comal County Office of Public Health. Three other patients have recovered, three are under self-quarantine and another is hospitalized outside of Comal.

“Our hearts, as well as our thoughts and our prayers, go out to this man’s family and friends,” said County Judge Sherman Krause. “This tragic news emphasizes the need for all of us to make sure we are taking every effort to maintain social distancing measures and protecting ourselves, our loved ones and the most vulnerable among us from contracting COVID-19.”

Krause has not yet signed an order that restricts movement and business activities to the same extent that New Braunfels, Bexar County, Hays County or Travis County have.

Comal County has a webpage with more information about COVID-19, and a hotline available on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 830-221-1120.