Surge in COVID-19 testing reported for Comal and Guadalupe County

COVID-19 testing is up 33% in Comal County and 23% in Guadalupe County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
COVID-19 testing is up 33% in Comal County and 23% in Guadalupe County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

COVID-19 testing is up 33% in Comal County and 23% in Guadalupe County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported a substantial increase in COVID-19 testing in both Comal and Guadalupe County from Monday, May 4, through Sunday, May 10.

During that time period, 308 tests were conducted on Comal residents—a 33% increase in overall testing. According to the DSHS, 1,240 tests were performed countywide since mid-March.

CDC guidelines require that patients must display symptoms of COVID-19 before a test can typically be administered.

That means the increase in testing indicates a growing number of residents with coronavirus symptoms. It also indicates an increase in the availability of testing.

Clarification is being sought for why the county's Office of Public Health was still reporting 940 conducted tests in a press release issued May 11.

It was reported by Frisco's Community Impact Newspaper that the state may take over coronavirus case management and reporting as soon as this month.

Comal County's press release also stated that of the 65 confirmed cases in the county, 11 were active and one of the patients is hospitalized. No new cases have been reported in Comal County since Thursday, May 7.

The Guadalupe County Office of Emergency Management also issued a press release on Monday and reported six new cases, bringing its total case count to 99. 22 of Guadalupe County's cases are active and three residents remain hospitalized.

As of Sunday, there have been 831 tests conducted on Guadalupe residents, according to the DSHS. That's an increase of 194 tests since May 4, a 23% increase.
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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