New Braunfels City Hall COVID-19 testing site temporarily closed as Comal County coronavirus cases continue to rise

The Curative Labs COVID-19 testing site in New Braunfels will be closed until further notice after staff members were exposed to the virus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
The Curative Labs COVID-19 testing site in New Braunfels will be closed until further notice after staff members were exposed to the virus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The Curative Labs COVID-19 testing site in New Braunfels will be closed until further notice after staff members were exposed to the virus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

On Jan. 5, Comal County reported 300 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county total to 21,704 since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.

Due to a November change in the reporting entity, the county no longer receives breakdowns of confirmed and probable cases, recoveries or active case counts.

The county does not report cases by variant type.

A Jan. 5 press release from the city announced the temporary closure of a COVID-19 testing site that was previously operating at New Braunfels City Hall.

The city contracted with Curative Labs in April to provide free testing in the City Hall parking lot.

“Due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant, unfortunately our staff has been exposed,” said Terra Williams, Curative’s Texas director of growth, in the press release. “We will temporarily be closing the site. We are doing this to contain any potential risk and spread to the community.”


A reopening date has not been set, and residents seeking testing are encouraged to contact their primary care physician, visit a local pharmacy or visit the Texas Department of State Health Services’ testing location website.

Since Jan. 3, two coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the county, both of which were residents of New Braunfels who died at their homes during the last week of December. A total of 485 coronavirus-related deaths of county residents has been reported.

Comal County hospitals Jan. 5 reported caring for 32 COVID-19 patients, up from 16 on Dec. 16.

Six of the patients were in intensive care, and four were on ventilators as of Jan. 5. According to the county, 79% of the patients in county hospitals with COVID-19 are not fully vaccinated.

On Dec. 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance on isolation and quarantine for those with confirmed COVID-19 infections.

The new regulations call for those who test positive for the virus to isolate at home for five days, down from the previously recommended 10 days, regardless of vaccination status. If the individual remains asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving by the end of the five-day period, that person may end isolation but is still encouraged to wear a mask for another five days.

If symptoms have not resolved by the fifth day, the individual is encouraged to remain home for a total of 10 days or until symptoms resolve, according to the CDC.

Fully vaccinated individuals who have received a booster shot and are exposed to the virus are encouraged to wear a mask around others for 10 days, be tested for COVID-19 five days after exposure and get tested if symptoms develop.

The CDC recommends that those who are not vaccinated and are exposed should stay home for five days, be tested on the fifth day, wear a mask around others for a further five days if asymptomatic or stay home until symptoms resolve.

As of Jan. 5, 90,819, or 61.87%, of Comal County residents are fully vaccinated, and 31,112 have received a booster dose.

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 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 utilize the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ online search tool to find a testing site.
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.