Comal and Guadalupe County have reported 117 coronavirus cases, newest patient hospitalized

Comal County confirmed another case of the coronavirus on April 25, bringing the county's total to 49.

The patient—a New Braunfels resident in their 30s—has been hospitalized.

Guadalupe County's case total stands at 68, with three new cases announced on Friday, April 24.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has begun sending mobile drive-thru testing centers into communities around the state as a part of an executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott.

The centers provide testing for free and are operated by a mix of Texas National Guard soldiers, medical professionals and support staff.

On April 22, a mobile center visited Schertz and tested 43 patients.

Comal ISD will host one of the mobile centers at Canyon High School at 1510 I-35, New Braunfels, on April 30, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Appointments must be made beforehand and can be done so online or by calling 512-883-2400. A prescreening for symptoms is also part of the process.

“We’re pleased to partner with the state and Comal ISD to make this opportunity available for residents who might not otherwise have access to a doctor or be able to afford a test,” said County Judge Sherman Krause in a press release. “This will be an important step toward increasing our testing capacity and better understanding the spread of the coronavirus in our community.”

On April 23, the Comal County Commissioners Court approved funding for a second epidemiologist to assist in tracking cases, identifying sources of transmission and creating measures to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

The existing drive-thru testing center in New Braunfels—operated by local physicians and first responders—will continue to be available.

There are 22 test results pending for Comal County as of April 25, with 691 tests performed. Guadalupe County has not released comprehensive testing numbers.

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.