Update: Comal and Guadalupe County report 102 COVID-19 cases; hospitalizations on the rise

Comal County confirmed 12 hospitalizations of residents due to the virus since June 19. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Comal County confirmed 12 hospitalizations of residents due to the virus since June 19. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Comal County confirmed 12 hospitalizations of residents due to the virus since June 19. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Update: June 24, 5:30 p.m.

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported 50 new cases of the coronavirus in Guadalupe County June 24, increasing the county's total to 467.

Hospitalizations increased by two, for a total of five.

DSHS reported 3,976 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted on Guadalupe County residents to date, which represents a positivity rate of 11.7%.

Reported cases of the coronavirus in Guadalupe County increased by 334 between June 1 and June 24, a 251.1% increase.


For the same time period, Comal County's case total increase by 371, a 374.7% jump.

“We are seeing rapid increases in both cases and hospitalizations,” said Cheryl Fraser, the director of Comal County Public Health, in a press release issued June 23. “I cannot stress enough the importance that everyone in Comal County wear a face covering in public, avoid congregating in large groups, and continue washing their hands frequently.”

Original Story - Comal County

Comal County reported 52 confirmed and probable cases of the coronavirus June 24, increasing the county's total to 471.

A press release issue by the county also stated 17 county residents have been hospitalized due to the virus, up from five June 19.

The Comal County Office of Public Health confirmed the hospitalization of four residents June 24, five June 23 and three June 20.

Reports of 5,442 COVID-19 tests have been received by the county, and the overall positivity rate, including nursing home tests, was 8.65%, up from 5.81% a week earlier.

The seven-day rolling average for testing in Comal County was 21.2%, up from 20.7% on Tuesday.

Of the 344 Comal County cases reported in New Braunfels since the pandemic began, 299 were reported between June 1-24.

Mayor Rusty Brockman of New Braunfels issued an order requiring face coverings June 23 after a growing list of businesses and city operations reported infected employees. Similar orders have been issued by Hays County, Bexar County and Travis County.

Residents wishing to be tested for COVID-19 can call Comal County’s dedicated hotline at 830-221-1120 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Several local health care providers and clinics are also offering testing for the coronavirus.

Probable cases are residents who did not have a positive PCR test for COVID-19 but have met three of the following criteria.

  • They have tested positive with a quick-result antigen test, which is less accurate than a PCR test but is much faster.

  • They are presenting COVID-19 symptoms.

  • They have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.







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.