Comal County reports 12 coronavirus-related deaths as new case numbers slowly drop

A total of 899 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Comal County from Feb. 7-11. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
A total of 899 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Comal County from Feb. 7-11. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

A total of 899 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Comal County from Feb. 7-11. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

On Feb. 11, Comal County reported 234 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county total to 29,276 since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.

The county reported 899 new cases from Feb. 7-11, down from 1,359 reported the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6.

An additional 12 coronavirus-related deaths were also reported in the county this week, seven of which were New Braunfels residents, two were residents of Canyon Lake, two were residents of Spring Branch and one was a resident of Bulverde. A total of 516 coronavirus-related deaths of county residents have been reported.

County hospitals Feb. 11 reported caring for 40 COVID-19 patients, down from 59 on Feb. 3. Local hospitalizations had previously remained above 50 since Jan. 12 before dropping to 36 on Feb. 8.

Hospitals reported 14 of the patients were in intensive care and nine were on ventilators as of Feb. 3. According to the county, 75% of the patients in county hospitals with COVID-19 are not fully vaccinated.

Guadalupe Regional Medical Center reported caring for 15 COVID-19 patients Feb. 9, and the seven-day moving average for new coronavirus-related admissions was two per day, according to a press release.

The hospital also reported high numbers of asymptomatic persons requesting COVID-19 testing at the emergency room and hospital officials urged patients to seek alternative testing locations if they do not have symptoms requiring emergency care.

In New Braunfels several new testing sites have opened at Tree of Life Church and Oak Hills Pharmacy.

For a complete list of testing sites and availability, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website or order up to four free at-home COVID-19 tests through the U.S. Postal Service.

As of Feb. 11, 92,850, or 63.25%, of Comal County residents are fully vaccinated, and 36,485 have received a booster dose.

In Guadalupe County, 88,990, or 56.89%, of residents are fully vaccinated, and 31,925 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.
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.