Comal County seven-day COVID-19 positivity rates remain below 5% for seven days

Comal County's active COVID-19 case count was 170 as of April 5. (Community Impact staff)
Comal County's active COVID-19 case count was 170 as of April 5. (Community Impact staff)

Comal County's active COVID-19 case count was 170 as of April 5. (Community Impact staff)

Since March 29, Comal County has reported 89 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, bringing the total since the beginning of the pandemic to 9,732.

A total of 309 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the county, including four since March 29. The reported deaths were those of a New Braunfels woman who died Jan. 1, a Canyon Lake woman who died Feb. 11, a Spring Branch woman who died March 5 and a New Braunfels man who died March 20.

As of April 5, the county has 170 active, confirmed cases and a total of 9,253 reported recoveries.

As of April 5, the molecular positivity rate was reported to be 2.91% and the antigen positivity rate was reported to be 1.74%, as compared to 4.41% and 2.74%, respectively, as of March 29.

Comal County hospitals reported caring for 10 COVID-19 patients as of April 5, three of whom are in intensive care and two of whom are on ventilators.

Comal County also reported that seven county residents were hospitalized with the coronavirus as of April 5, though not all county residents are hospitalized within county hospitals. This is up from five residents who were hospitalized as of March 29.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Trauma Service Area P was reported to be 3.42% of total hospital capacity as of April 5 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 135 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases between March 29-April 5. A total of 13,960 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in the county since March 16, 2020.

Of the reported cases, 121 are reportedly active as of April 5, and a total of 207 Guadalupe County deaths have been reported by the DSHS.

As of April 5, a total of 42,821 Comal County residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 26,614 have been fully vaccinated. According to the DSHS, 21.24% of the 125,307 county residents over age 16 are fully vaccinated.

In Guadalupe County, 36,700 residents have received at least one dose, and 25,250 have been fully vaccinated. The DSHS reported that 19.35% of the 130,517 county residents over age 16 have been fully vaccinated.

Residents can view a list of vaccine providers on the DSHS website. Those who wish to be tested for COVID-19 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
Lauren began covering New Braunfels for Community Impact Newspaper in 2019. Her reporting focuses on education, development, breaking news and community interest stories. Lauren is originally from South Carolina and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.


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