Comal County positivity rates pass 5% as area hospitalizations increase

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Comal County have increased to 19, up from 13 on April 9. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Comal County have increased to 19, up from 13 on April 9. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Comal County have increased to 19, up from 13 on April 9. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

Since April 5, Comal County has reported 189 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 9,907. Of the newly reported cases, 109 are located in the New Braunfels area.

A total of 312 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the county, including three new coronavirus-related deaths reported since April 5. The deaths were those of a Canyon Lake man who died March 18, a New Braunfels man who died March 20 and a New Braunfels man who died March 28.

As of April 13, the county has 210 active, confirmed cases and a total of 9,385 reported recoveries.

The molecular positivity rate was reported to be 8.21%, and the antigen positivity rate was reported to be 5.8% on April 13, compared to 5.68% and 3.49%, respectively, on April 9.

Comal County hospitals reported caring for 19 COVID-19 patients, four of which are in intensive care and three are on ventilators. Local coronavirus hospitalizations had previously remained below 15 since mid-March.

Comal County also reported on April 13 that eight county residents were hospitalized with the coronavirus, though not all county residents are hospitalized within county hospitals.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Trauma Service Area P was reported to be 3.91% of total hospital capacity April 13 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 153 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases between April 5-12 for a total of 14,079 confirmed and probable cases reported since March 16, 2020.

Of the reported cases, 78 are reportedly active as of April 13, and a total of 208 Guadalupe County deaths have been reported by the DSHS.

As of April 13, a total of 48,165 Comal County residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 30,659 have been fully vaccinated. According to the DSHS, 24.47% of 125,307 county residents over the age of 16 are fully vaccinated.

In Guadalupe County, 41,758 residents have received at least one dose, and 30,306 have been fully vaccinated. The DSHS reported that 23.22% 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 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 Tuesday and Friday.

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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