Comal and Guadalupe County combined COVID-19 case count at 197

Here are the coronavirus updates to know today in New Braunfels. (Community Impact staff)
Here are the coronavirus updates to know today in New Braunfels. (Community Impact staff)

Here are the coronavirus updates to know today in New Braunfels. (Community Impact staff)

Comal County reported three additional cases of the coronavirus on May 21, bringing the county's total to 81 confirmed cases. Another 10 people have tested positive for antibodies at the county's Office of Public Health, which indicates a previous infection of the virus.

There are 19 active cases of the virus in Comal County and two residents are hospitalized. There have been six local deaths.

Today's newly confirmed cases are a Schertz resident in their 30s and two new Braunfels residents in their 30s and 40s.

The initiative to test all residents and staff members of local nursing homes is ongoing and 482 tests have been performed so far, with 197 negative results and 285 pending.

In total, 1,874 COVID-19 tests have been conducted on county residents, with results pending for 72 tests that are unrelated to nursing homes, according to the county.

An additional 763 tests have been performed at the Office of Public Health. Testing is currently done three times a week and roughly 100 people are tested each of those days, a county official said.

Guadalupe County

Guadalupe County issued a report on Wednesday from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) that confirmed two additional cases of the coronavirus, bringing its total to 116 cases.

Of the confirmed cases, 24 are reported as active and another five residents are listed as probable cases.

Guadalupe County has not made testing numbers available like Comal County and it's reporting has steadily fallen off as the pandemic has continued.

Where it previously issued breakdowns of cases by city and patient condition on every day with new developments, it reduced it's reporting to three times per week on May 1.

Those press releases are no longer issued and it has begun sharing reports with limited information from DSHS.

The new reports do not include the number of hospitalized residents or their area of residence within the county.

The most recent press release before the switch to DSHS reports, issued May 18, included the first instance of a positive test at a Guadalupe County nursing home, Silvertree Nursing Home in Schertz.

That information is not included in the new reports.

DSHS has reported 1,251 tests conducted on local residents, but the state's testing numbers have been questioned recently as to whether they are being inflated by including antibody tests, which Gov. Greg Abbott said earlier this week were counted separately.

"The answer is no, they are not co-mingling those numbers," Abbot said during a press conference on May 18. "Those numbers will be provided separately."

DSHS has not responded to multiple requests for confirmation or comment on its testing figures.


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