Since March 22, Comal County has reported 142 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 9,654. Of the newly reported cases, 21 were backlogged.

A total of 305 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the county. One new coronavirus-related death has been reported since March 22: a Canyon Lake woman who died Feb. 26 at a hospital in San Antonio.

As of March 29, the county has 177 active, confirmed cases and a total of 9,172 reported recoveries.

As of March 29, the molecular positivity testing rate was reported to be 4.41%, and the antigen positivity rate was reported to be 2.74%, as compared to 20.15% and 2.94%, respectively, as of March 22.

Comal County hospitals reported caring for nine COVID-19 patients, two of whom are in intensive care and two of whom are on ventilators, as of March 29.

Comal County also reported that as of March 29, five county residents were hospitalized with the coronavirus, though not all county residents are hospitalized within county hospitals—down from six residents who were hospitalized as of March 22. The number of hospitalized county residents had previously remained above 40 between mid-December and mid-March.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Trauma Service Area P was reported to be 3.67% of total hospital capacity as of March 29 and has remained below 5% since March 16.

According to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services, Guadalupe County reported a total of 115 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases between March 22-28, for a total of 13,825 confirmed and probable cases reported since March 16, 2020.

Of the reported cases, 98 are active as of March 29, and a total of 204 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 29, all adults in Texas became eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Residents can register online through the DSHS vaccine scheduler.

Since mid-December, Comal County providers have been allotted a total of 36,250 first or single doses and 17,600 second doses. Guadalupe County providers have been allotted a total of 36,610 first or single doses and 19,525 second doses.

As of March 29, a total of 38,994 Comal County residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 22,835 have been fully vaccinated. According to the DSHS, 18.22% of 125,307 county residents over age 16 are fully vaccinated.

In Guadalupe County, 33,440 residents have received at least one dose, and 21,383 have been fully vaccinated. The DSHS reported that 16.38% of 130,517 residents over age 16 have been fully vaccinated.

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