Comal County reports 45th COVID-19 death, 78 hospitalizations

Here are the coronavirus hospitalization data updates to know in Comal and Guadalupe counties. (Community Impact staff)
Here are the coronavirus hospitalization data updates to know in Comal and Guadalupe counties. (Community Impact staff)

Here are the coronavirus hospitalization data updates to know in Comal and Guadalupe counties. (Community Impact staff)

Comal County

Comal County reported 88 new COVID-19 cases on July 25 in addition to the virus related death of a New Braunfels man in his 70s that had underlying medical conditions.

There have been 45 deaths associated with the virus in the county and 28 of them were New Braunfels residents.

The case total for the Comal County portion of New Braunfels was 1,474, as of July 25. At least 109 of the city's residents living across the Guadalupe County line have also contracted the virus.

Of the 1,968 COVID-19 cases reported by Comal County to date, there have been 830 confirmed recoveries and there were 1,093 active cases.

There were 78 residents hospitalized as of Saturday morning and 45 were receiving care within Comal County hospitals. 18 residents were being treated in Comal County intensive care units and 15 were on ventilators.

Hospitalizations have steadily increased since July 17 when there were 59.

Of the 45 deaths in the county, 29 were nursing home residents.

The Comal County Office of Public Health has received reports of 10,336 COVID-19 tests which provides an overall positivity rate of 19%, up from 17.7% a week earlier.

The most recent, available seven-day rolling average for testing positivity is for July 24 when there was a positivity rate of 29.3% with 726 tests and 213 cases. The seven-day average for testing was down from a high of 41% on July 22.

Coronavirus case counts in Comal County increased by 1,314 since the beginning of July, which represents a 200.9% increase from the 654 reported cases on June 30.

Guadalupe County

The Department of State Health Services, or DSHS, reported 34 new cases of the coronavirus in Guadalupe County on July 25, bringing the county’s total to 1,519.

Six Guadalupe County resident deaths have been confirmed by DSHS, but the number is expected to increase as death certificates are received by the state, according to the county.

According to the Guadalupe County Office of Emergency Management, 22 patients treated at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center have died due to the virus. The seven-day average for daily admissions at GRMC was four as of July 24, with a daily average of 29 patients receiving care for the virus during that time period.

Not all patients or deaths at the hospital were residents of Guadalupe County and accurate data on the number of hospitalizations and deaths among county residents is delayed by several weeks.

Guadalupe County reported that 982 residents had recovered from the virus as of July 24.

Coronavirus case counts in Guadalupe County increased by 821 since the beginning of July, which represents a 117.6% increase from 698 reported cases on June 30.
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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