Since March 8, Comal County has reported 167 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 9,436. Of the reported cases, 25 were backlogged.

A total of 302 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the county, including eight new coronavirus-related deaths reported since March 8, with the deaths having occurred between Jan. 30 and March 10. The reported deaths included those of six New Braunfels residents and two Spring Branch residents.

As of March 15, the county has 296 active, confirmed cases and a total of 8,838 reported recoveries.

As of March 15, the molecular positivity rate was reported to be 30.43% and the antigen positivity rate was reported to be 4.51%, as compared to 75.83% and 10.75%, respectively, as of March 12.

Comal County hospitals reported caring for nine COVID-19 patients, three of whom are in intensive care and three of whom are on ventilators, as of March 15.

Comal County also reported that as of March 15, 42 county residents were hospitalized with the coronavirus, though not all county residents are hospitalized within county hospitals, down from 47 residents who were hospitalized on March 8.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Trauma Service Area P was reported to be 5.07% of total hospital capacity as of March 15 and has remained below 10% since March 1.

According to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services, Guadalupe County reported a total of 179 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases between March 8-14, bringing the total to 13,618 confirmed and probable cases reported since March 16, 2020.

Of those reported cases, 113 are reportedly active as of March 15. A total of 198 Guadalupe County deaths have been reported by the Texas DSHS.

As vaccination efforts continue throughout the state, residents can contact their primary care provider, the Comal County Department of Public Health or the Guadalupe County Department of Emergency Management to learn about vaccination opportunities.

On March 11, the Guadalupe County Emergency Management Department, the city of Seguin and the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center administered 1,000 first doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine at the Seguin Coliseum. An additional 2,500 doses of the one-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine were administered March 12.

The Comal County Department of Public Health is planning to administer 4,500 first-dose vaccines this week, according to Gentrea Hendrickson, public health emergency preparedness coordinator for Comal County.

Beginning March 15, Texas residents age 50 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine, and additional clinics will be announced as more vaccine becomes available.

Since mid-December, Comal County providers have been allotted a total of 24,900 first doses and 15,200 second doses, and Guadalupe County providers have been allotted a total of 29,400 first doses and 14,515 second doses.

Residents can view a list of vaccine providers on the DSHS website. Those who wish to be tested can call the Comal County hotline at 830-221-1120 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment. Testing is conducted on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Residents can also utilize the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ online search tool to find a testing site.