Updated: Comal and Guadalupe County's COVID-19 collective case count reaches 135, mobile testing center to return

A Department of State Health Services mobile testing center will be in Schertz on May 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
A Department of State Health Services mobile testing center will be in Schertz on May 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

A Department of State Health Services mobile testing center will be in Schertz on May 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

A press release issued by Comal County on April 30 announced an additional confirmed case of the coronavirus in Bulverde. The resident is in their 40s and is self-isolated at home.

Comal County's total case count now stands at 55, with 36 recovered patients, 13 active cases and six deaths. Three county residents remain hospitalized.

The county's Office of Public Health reported 804 tests have been conducted as of Thursday morning, with 58 results still pending.

Guadalupe County reported that four more of its residents had recovered from the virus, reducing its active cases to 28, as of Wednesday afternoon. It has confirmed a total of 80 cases within its local population.


On May 4, the Texas Department of State Health Services will again send a mobile drive-thru testing center to Pickrell Park at 703 Oak St., in Schertz. Testing is free but conducted by appointment only, which can be arranged online or by phone at 512-883-2400.

First story update

Comal County reported two additional cases of the coronavirus on Wendesday, April 29, and Guadalupe County confirmed seven new cases on Tuesday.


All together, the 16 cases confirmed since Monday represent a 13.5% increase in cases across both counties, which now have a combined total of 134 cases. New Braunfels is home to 31 of those cases.

Both of Comal County's new patients are from New Braunfels and they are in their 20s and 50s. They are both self-isolated. To date, 781 COVID-19 tests have been reported to the county's Office of Public Health.

Three of the county's residents are hospitalized and there are 12 active cases. Comal officials have confirmed a total of 54 local coronavirus cases. In Guadalupe County, there are 32 active cases and three hospitalizations, with a total of 80 cases. The Texas Department of State Health and Human Services reported that 555 tests have been conducted in Guadalupe County.

Original story

After a brief reprieve, COVID-19 cases are again on the rise in Comal and Guadalupe County.

Comal County reported three new cases on Tuesday, April 28. Patients are from New Braunfels, Bulverde and the north side of Canyon Lake, and are in their 20s, 30s and 50s. All are under self-quarantine. Three Comal residents remain hospitalized and 10 of the county's cases are still active.

Four new cases were announced by Guadalupe County on April 27, where active case counts have been inconsistent, ranging from 27-37 as of Monday. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) made the Guadalupe County Office of Emergency Management aware of its new cases, according to a press release.

New Braunfels has continued to be the largest hub for confirmed cases, with 28 across both counties.

Comal County's Office of Public Health has received reports of 751 tests conducted and 27 are still pending.

In the surrounding areas, Bexar County has reported 1,275 cases of the virus and Hays County has confirmed 155.

Texas as a whole has more than 26,000 cases, with at least 690 deaths related to the virus. Comal County has reported six deaths and Guadalupe has yet to report any.

A drive-thru DSHS testing site will be available for free on Thursday, March 30. Appointments can be made online or by phone at 512-883-2400.

The drive-thru testing center operated by local physicians and first responders continues to be available.
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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