Beginning in late March, the antigen positivity rate in Comal County remained at approximately 5% until late June, when the percentage of positive tests began to rise.
As of July 13, the antigen positivity rate was reported to be 10.51%, and the molecular positivity rate was reported to be 5.49%, compared to 7.48% and 5.10%, respectively, on July 6.
The antigen positivity rate measures the number of positive results from rapid COVID-19 tests, while the molecular positivity rate measures the number of positive results from PCR tests. Both indicate a current infection.
Since July 1, Comal County has reported 281 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, bringing the county total to 11,625. An additional 203 recoveries have been reported, bringing the total to 11,004 as of July 13.
A total of 329 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the county with four new deaths reported since July 1. The deaths were those of a New Braunfels man in his 50s who died June 26, a Canyon Lake man in his 90s who died June 30, a New Braunfels man in his 80s who died July 2 and a New Braunfels man in his 50s who died July 9.
As of July 13, the county has 292 active, confirmed cases.
Comal County hospitals on July 13 reported caring for 21 COVID-19 patients, five of which were in intensive care and one was on a ventilator.
Comal County also reported 13 county residents were hospitalized with the coronavirus, though not all county residents are hospitalized within county hospitals. This is up from five residents who were hospitalized July 6.
The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Trauma Service Area P was reported to be 3.19% of total hospital capacity July 13 and has remained below 5% since March 16.
As of July 13, a total of 79,903 Comal County residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 70,365 have been fully vaccinated. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, 52.8% of 133,278 county residents over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated, and 59.95% have received at least one dose.
In Guadalupe County, a total of 74,152 residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 65,690 have been fully vaccinated as of July 13. According to the DSHS, 46.96% of 139,873 county residents over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated, and 53.01% have received at least one dose.
Those interested in being vaccinated can visit the county website or speak to their primary care provider 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.