On Sept. 20, Comal County reported 102 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, bringing the county total to 17,762. Of the newly reported cases, 55 were confirmed and 47 were probable.

A total of 656 confirmed and 341 probable cases were reported in the county from Sept. 13-20. During the same time period, 13 coronavirus-related deaths were reported among county residents.

An additional 197 recoveries were reported Sept. 20, bringing the total to 15,790 recoveries. A total of 1,567 active probable and confirmed cases were reported as of Sept. 20.

Comal County hospitals on Sept. 20 reported caring for 63 COVID-19 patients, 19 of which were in intensive care and 11 were on ventilators. According to the county, 93% of the patients in county hospitals with COVID-19 are not fully vaccinated.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Trauma Service Area P was reported to be 13.9% of total hospital capacity on Sept. 20, down from 16.42% on Sept. 13.

A total of 29 Comal County residents were reportedly hospitalized with the virus as of Sept. 20, though not all residents are hospitalized within county hospitals.

As of Sept. 20, a total of 93,840 Comal County residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 82,127 have been fully vaccinated. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, 61.62% of 133,278 county residents over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated, and 70.41% have received at least one dose.

In Guadalupe County, a total of 88,700 residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 77,958 have been fully vaccinated as of Sept. 20. According to the DSHS, 55.73% of 139,873 county residents over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated.

Comal County public health authorities announced Aug. 30 that moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals may schedule a third dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine at least four weeks after their second dose through the county.

Guidelines for who qualifies for a third dose can be found online and individuals should discuss their options with their primary health care provider.

Those interested in being vaccinated can visit the state DSHS website or speak to their primary care provider for information and to schedule an appointment.

COVID-19 testing sites are available throughout the region, and many area pharmacies and health care providers offer vaccination appointments. Home testing kits are also available at some in-person and online retailers.

Residents can view a list of vaccine providers on the DSHS website or use the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ online search tool to find a testing site.