More than 200 new confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases reported in Comal County since April 26

Comal County also reported 158 recoveries since April 26. (Community Impact staff)
Comal County also reported 158 recoveries since April 26. (Community Impact staff)

Comal County also reported 158 recoveries since April 26. (Community Impact staff)

Since April 26, Comal County has reported 208 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, as well as 33 backlogged cases, bringing the total to 10,165. An additional 158 recoveries were also reported for a total of 9,710 local recoveries. A total of 317 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the county with no new deaths reported since April 26.

As of May 3, the county has 301 active, confirmed cases.

The molecular positivity rate was reported to be 2.98%, and the antigen positivity rate was reported to be 3.1% on May 3, compared to 2.96% and 2.71%, respectively, on April 26.

Comal County hospitals reported caring for 14 COVID-19 patients, two of whom were in intensive care, and one was on a ventilator.

Comal County also reported on May 3 that seven county residents were hospitalized with the coronavirus, though not all county residents are hospitalized within county hospitals, down from 10 residents who were hospitalized April 30.


The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Trauma Service Area P was reported to be 3.92% of total hospital capacity May 3 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 189 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases between April 26-May 3, for a total of 14,597 confirmed and probable cases reported since March 16, 2020.

Of the reported cases, 159 are reportedly active as of May 3. According to the DSHS, 210 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Guadalupe County; however the county office of emergency management has reported a total of 229 deaths as of April 27.

As of May 2, a total of 62,480 Comal County residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 44,780 have been fully vaccinated. According to the DSHS, 35.74% of 125,307 county residents over the age of 16 are fully vaccinated, and 49.86% have received at least one dose.

In Guadalupe County, 55,805 residents have received at least one dose, and 40,936 have been fully vaccinated. The DSHS reported that 31.36% of 130,517 residents over the age of 16 have been fully vaccinated, and 42.76% have received at least one dose.

As vaccines have become more widely available, the Comal County Public Health Department closed its vaccine standby list April 28.

The county will continue to operate vaccination clinics, and those interested in being vaccinated can visit the county website for information and to schedule an appointment.

Residents can view a list of vaccine providers on the DSHS website or 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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