On Sept. 27, Comal County reported 147 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, bringing the county total to 18,190. Of the newly reported cases, 89 were confirmed, and 58 were probable.

A total of 313 confirmed and 217 probable cases were reported in the county from Sept. 20-27. During the same time period, five coronavirus-related deaths were reported among county residents.

An additional 233 recoveries were reported Sept. 27, bringing the total to 16,555 recoveries. A total of 1,225 active probable and confirmed cases were reported as of Sept. 27.

Comal County hospitals on Sept. 27 reported caring for 40 COVID-19 patients, 14 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 12.1% of the total hospital capacity Sept. 27, down from 13.9% on Sept. 20.

A total of 41 Comal County residents were reportedly hospitalized with the virus as of Sept. 27, though not all residents are hospitalized within county hospitals.

As of Sept. 27, a total of 94,228 Comal County residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and 82,839 have been fully vaccinated. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, 62.16% of 133,278 county residents over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated.

In Guadalupe County, a total of 89,100 residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine and 78,722 have been fully vaccinated as of Sept. 27. According to the DSHS, 56.28% 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 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 healthcare providers currently 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 utilize the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ online search tool to find a testing site.