3 Comal County COVID-19 deaths reported this week as positivity rate rises to 5%

An additional 128 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Comal County since May 10. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
An additional 128 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Comal County since May 10. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

An additional 128 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Comal County since May 10. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Since May 3, Comal County has reported 302 additional confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 10,596. Of the reported cases, 23 were backlogged, and an additional 241 recoveries were reported, bringing the total to 9,938.

A total of 320 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the county with three new deaths reported since May 10. The deaths were those of a New Braunfels woman in her 70s who died April 19, a Bulverde woman in her 60s who died April 27 and a New Braunfels man in his 70s who died May 10.

As of May 12, the county has 338 active, confirmed cases.

The molecular positivity rate was reported to be 4.55%, and the antigen positivity rate was reported to be 5.03% on May 12, compared to 3.37% and 3.93%, respectively, on May 7.

Comal County hospitals reported caring for 10 COVID-19 patients, four of which were in intensive care, and one was on a ventilator.

Comal County also reported May 12 that six county residents were hospitalized with the coronavirus, though not all county residents are hospitalized within county hospitals, down from seven residents who were hospitalized May 10.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Trauma Service Area P was reported to be 3.68% of total hospital capacity May 12 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 205 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases between April 26-May 3 for a total of 14,760 confirmed and probable cases reported since March 16, 2020.

Of the reported cases, 143 are reportedly active as of May 12. According to the DSHS, 210 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Guadalupe County; however the Guadalupe County Office of Emergency Management has reported a total of 229 deaths as of May 4.

As of May 12, a total of 65,147 Comal County residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 49,490 have been fully vaccinated. According to the DSHS, 39.5% of 125,307 county residents over the age of 16 are fully vaccinated, and 51.99% have received at least one dose.

In Guadalupe County, 58,670 residents have received at least one dose, and 44,887 have been fully vaccinated. The DSHS reported 34.39% of 130,517 residents over the age of 16 have been fully vaccinated, and 44.95% 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.

Weekly vaccine allocations have also stopped with the increased availability as health care providers can now request vaccines as needed.

Both counties will continue to operate vaccination clinics, and those interested in being vaccinated can visit the county websites 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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