Stay-at-home guidance issued by Comal County after community spread coronavirus case confirmed

Comal County has issued guidance to combat the spread of coronavirus (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)
Comal County has issued guidance to combat the spread of coronavirus (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

Comal County has issued guidance to combat the spread of coronavirus (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

Comal County issued 'Stay Home/Work Safely guidance' from County Judge Sherman Krause on March 27. The guidance is not an order and asks the county's residents and businesses to voluntarily follow guidelines outlined in the executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott on March 19.

Abbott's statewide order limits social gatherings to 10 people, allows restaurants to operate in a limited capacity, closes gyms, bans people from visiting nursing homes except for critical care and temporarily closes schools. It does not have as broad a reach as locally issued stay-at-home orders like the one issued by New Braunfels' Mayor Barron Casteel and a growing list of Texas counties.

A statewide order could be issued if previous orders regarding social gatherings aren't adhered to, according to Abbott.

Many counties issued guidelines similar to Krause's before issuing more substantial orders because the virus continued to spread rapidly.

For the time being, Krause has delegated such decisions to the municipal level. He has prioritized minimizing disruptions to daily life, according to the guidance.


Krause's statement uses words such as "encouraged," "should" and "discouraged," but does not order or declare that residents must do anything unless they have already tested positive for the virus.

The county's guidance was issued the day after a New Braunfels man died due to COVID-19, and the same day the county announced the first case of the virus being spread within the community, as opposed to being contracted while traveling outside of south Central Texas.

“Until this point, all of our positive cases had traveled to places experiencing an active COVID-19 outbreak before developing symptoms,” said Cheryl Fraser, director of public health for the county in a press release. “This patient has tested positive without leaving Comal County, which means COVID-19 is spreading in our community.”

Residents of the county's unincorporated areas and its cities where stay-at-home orders have not been issued have fewer concrete restrictions, which could lead to an increased rate of community spread cases of COVID-19 that Fraser spoke of.

Under the existing guidance, residents are advised to stay home and avoid social gatherings. It is suggested that businesses implement social distancing measures and allow employees to work remotely, and for flexible leave policies to be expanded.

Water recreation businesses are specifically asked to shut down voluntarily and personal care businesses such as nail salons, massage therapists and personal spas are also asked to close.

If the county's officials believe that voluntary measures are not being implemented to a great enough extent, a mandatory countywide order could be issued at a future time.




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.


MOST RECENT

Developers of The Backyard multiuse site said construction should begin in Q1 2022. (Rendering courtesy city of Bee Cave)
Bee Cave approves The Backyard property assessments

Bee Cave City Council also authorizes city's first Capital Improvement Plan.

The homes will all be rental units and will be managed by Aspen Heights Partners. (Courtesy Aspen Heights Partners)
Cottage-style homes to occupy 18-acre property off Morningside Drive in New Braunfels

The homes will all be rental units and will be managed by Aspen Heights Partners.

Texan Tea is slated to open a drive-thru location in New Braunfels in spring 2022. (Courtesy Texan Tea)
Texan Tea, Urban Mutt and nine more New Braunfels businesses that are now open or coming soon

A variety of new businesses have either opened or are coming soon to New Braunfels.

"The Dude" is the signature burger at Lebowski's Grill. (Olivia Aldridge/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Lebowski's Grill upends expectations in Austin; first Houston-area Costco Business Center opens in Stafford and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 26.

More than 35,000 passengers traveled through the airport on Oct. 25, the Monday following the 2021 F1 U.S. Grand Prix. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport sees busiest day ever following 2021 Formula One U.S. Grand Prix

The new record topped the previous busiest day by more than 3,000 passengers.

Several Halloween-themed events are scheduled for this week in New Braunfels. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Downtown Spooktacular, Fall Fest and more upcoming events in New Braunfels

Trick-or-treating, live music, costume contests and more are included in this week's festivities.

The optometry office will move to a new building across the street on the corner of Fredericksburg Road and Landa Street. (Eric Weilbacher/Community Impact Newspaper)
Henry Hull Therapeutic to relocate to new, expanded office in New Braunfels

The optometry office will move to a new building across the street on the corner of Fredericksburg Road and Landa Street.

New statewide maps will go into effect Jan. 18, 2022. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)
Gov. Abbott approves new voting maps for state legislature, Congress, school districts for next decade

The maps will go into effect Jan. 18, 2022, after the state legislature passed them during a 30-day special session.

The statewide job fair will connect veterans to employers as well as other resource providers. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Statewide job fair aims to connect Texas veterans and their families to employers

The job fair is coming to local Texas Workforce Solutions offices, some of which are having early admission for veterans and their families.

Teso Life currently has a location in Carrollton near another 99 Ranch Market and other Asian businesses and restaurants. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Japanese department store Teso Life coming to Frisco; New Braunfels’ Gruene Hall set as backdrop for Scotty McCreery music video and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 25.

Child on a computer.
Texas Education Agency accepting applications for $1,500 grants for students in special education

To be eligible for the grant, students must be enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade in a Texas public school and served by a special education program.