Fewer than 10 Comal County residents currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 as area case counts continue to decline

The numbers of active COVID-19 cases has continued to fall over the past week in Comal and Guadalupe counties. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
The numbers of active COVID-19 cases has continued to fall over the past week in Comal and Guadalupe counties. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The numbers of active COVID-19 cases has continued to fall over the past week in Comal and Guadalupe counties. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Since March 15, Comal County has reported 126 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 9,545.

A total of 304 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the county, including one new coronavirus-related death since March 19. The reported death was that of a Spring Branch man who died March 3.

As of March 22, the county has 182 active, confirmed cases and a total of 9,059 reported recoveries.

The molecular positivity rate was reported to be 20.15%, and the antigen positivity rate was reported to be 2.94% on March 22, compared to 30.43% and 4.51%, respectively, on March 15.

Comal County hospitals reported caring for 10 COVID-19 patients, three of which are in intensive care, and three are on ventilators.

Comal County also reported March 22 that six county residents were hospitalized with the coronavirus, though not all county residents are hospitalized within county hospitals, down from 42 residents who were hospitalized March 19. The number of hospitalized county residents had previously remained above 40 since mid-December.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Trauma Service Area P was reported to be 4.03% of total hospital capacity March 22 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 117 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases between March 15-22, for a total of 13,735 confirmed and probable cases reported since March 16, 2020.

Of the reported cases, 103 are reportedly active as of March 22, and a total of 200 Guadalupe County deaths have been reported by the 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.

Since mid-December, Comal County providers have been allotted a total of 29,340 first doses and 17,600 second doses, while Guadalupe County providers have been allotted a total of 34,110 first doses and 19,525 second doses.



As of March 22, a total of 36,524 Comal County residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 20,074 have been fully vaccinated. According to the DSHS, 16.02% of 125,307 county residents over the age of 16 are fully vaccinated.

In Guadalupe County, 29,446 residents have received at least one dose, and 17,574 have been fully vaccinated. The DSHS reported 13.46% of 130,517 residents over the age of 16 have been fully vaccinated.

Residents can view a list of vaccine providers on the DSHS website, and those wishing 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.
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.