Comal County adds two deaths, 142 new coronavirus cases since Nov. 2

Comal County has reported 3,941 total coronavirus cases since March 16. (Community Impact staff)
Comal County has reported 3,941 total coronavirus cases since March 16. (Community Impact staff)

Comal County has reported 3,941 total coronavirus cases since March 16. (Community Impact staff)

Between Nov. 2-9, Comal County reported 142 new confirmed, probable and suspected cases of COVID-19; 21 backlogged cases; and two new deaths.

The newly reported deaths included a New Braunfels man in his 80s and a New Braunfels woman in her 90s; their deaths were reported Nov. 4 and 6, respectively.

Since March 16, Comal County has reported a total of 3,941 cases, 3,634 recorded recoveries and 122 deaths. As of Nov. 9, the county has 185 active confirmed cases.

On Nov. 9, local hospitals reported caring for nine coronavirus patients. Three are in intensive care, and one is on a ventilator. Not all patients are county residents, and not all county residents are hospitalized within Comal County.

The county’s seven-day positivity rate was 7.31% as of Nov. 9, down from 7.79% as of Nov. 6. During the week of Nov. 2-8, the highest positivity rate reported was 8.83% as of Nov. 4.

According to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services, Guadalupe County reported a total of 14 new confirmed and probable cases between Nov. 3-9, for a total of 3,919 cases since March 16.

A total of 83 Guadalupe County deaths have been reported to the Texas DSHS, though only 46 have been reported by the DSHS to the Guadalupe County Office of Emergency Management. According to a press release, the difference is due to a lag in reporting from the state system to the county system.

Since the beginning of the school year, Comal ISD and New Braunfels ISD have been reporting symptomatic cases as well as incidents of exposure to a case. Exposure to a positive case includes being directly exposed to fluids from the mouth or nose or being within six feet for 15 minutes or more without a face covering.

On Nov. 6, NBISD reported five active cases, 67 symptomatic cases and 99 exposures to a lab-confirmed case, up from 88 as of Oct. 29. A total of 59 confirmed cases have been reported in NBISD: 45 students and 14 staff members.

CISD reported 39 current cases, 88 symptomatic cases and 242 exposures to a lab-confirmed case as of Nov. 6, up from 123 exposures as of Nov. 2.

Residents wishing to be tested for COVID-19 may call the Comal County’s dedicated hotline at 830-221-1120 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.