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Comal County reports 2nd COVID-19 death

There have been 11 cases of the new coronavirus in Comal County

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SAN ANTONIOUpdate 3/30/20

A second person has died from COVID-19 in Comal County, officials announced on Monday.

A man, who was in his 70s, died at his home last week. Postmortem tests determined he was positive for COVID-19. The man’s widow also tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-quarantining at home, officials said. The woman told officials that she and her husband had traveled out of state before they got sick last week. The man went to the doctor and was diagnosed with flu and strep throat, but was not tested for COVID-19 at the time.

Members of the Comal County Sheriff’s Office and Canyon Lake Fire and EMS who reported to the couple’s home on the north side of Canyon Lake have also been sent home to self-quarantine. County officials say none of the first responders is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 to date.

As of Monday morning, Comal County has conducted 142 COVID-19 tests, with 11 positive cases, 88 negative cases and 43 cases pending.

Update 3/27/20

Comal County officials say they now believe that COVID-19 is being spread in the community because the latest victim there had no travel history or close contact with someone diagnosed with the illness.

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“Until this point, all of our positive cases had traveled to places experiencing an active COVID-19 outbreak before developing symptoms,” said Cheryl Fraser, director of public health. “This patient has tested positive without leaving Comal County, which means COVID-19 is spreading in our community.”

The county’s ninth positive case is a patient from Bulverde, who is in their 80s. The person is currently hospitalized outside the county.

County officials said the person reported visiting the Bulverde H-E-B sometime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on March 10 and March 12, and the Bulverde Walmart sometime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on March 16 before becoming symptomatic.

As of Thursday evening, 125 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Comal County, with 9 positive results, 78 negative results and 38 results still pending.

The county had its first COVID-19-related death on Thursday when a New Braunfels man, in his 40s, died at a hospital in Austin.

Update 3/26/20 5:30 p.m.:

Comal County officials said a New Braunfels man in his 40s died Thursday afternoon of COVID-19 complications.

The man died at Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin, where he was being treated.

“Our hearts, as well as our thoughts and our prayers, go out to this man’s family and friends,” said County Judge Sherman Krause. “This tragic news emphasizes the need for all of us to make sure we are taking every effort to maintain social distancing measures and protecting ourselves, our loved ones and the most vulnerable among us from contracting COVID-19.”

Comal County has had eight confirmed cases of COVID-19. Three patients have recovered from the illness and are no longer in isolation.

Update 3/26/20:

An eighth case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Comal County Wednesday evening, county officials said.

The person became symptomatic after traveling internationally, according to county officials.

The patient is in their 50s and lives in Western Comal County.

County officials said 111 tests have been conducted, with eight positive results, 69 negative results and 34 still pending. Three of the eight patients have recovered and have been medically-released from isolation, county officials said.

Update 3/25/20:

Comal County officials say two more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed through testing, bringing the total in the county to seven.

One of the newly confirmed cases is travel-related while the other is still under investigation by the Office of Public Health. Officials said one of the patients is in a hospital outside Comal County, while the other is quarantined at home.

One of the patients is in their 40s, and the other is in their 60s. Officials said one is from New Braunfels and the other lives in the eastern part of the county.

As of Wednesday morning, 92 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Comal County with seven positive results, 57 negative results and 28 results still pending.

Comal County residents with questions or concerns about the novel coronavirus can call the county’s COVID-19 hotline, 830-221-1120, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the county’s website.

Update 3/24/20:

Comal County Commissioners on Tuesday extended indefinitely a disaster declaration that was issued last week, as county officials confirmed a fifth confirmed case of COVID-19.

The patient is in their 50s and lives in New Braunfels, officials said. The case is travel-related and the patient is self-quarantining.

County officials said two of the previous four cases have been symptom-free for seven days. They have been declared recovered and released from isolation.

As of Monday night, 78 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Comal County. There have been five positive results, 48 negative results and 25 results are still pending.

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“We are closely monitoring this constantly evolving situation so we can continue to take the steps appropriate to Comal County’s needs,” said County Judge Sherman Krause. “We’re grateful for the many people who have followed the governor’s orders mandating social distancing, and we encourage everyone to continue following those orders to help keep our community as healthy as possible.”

Comal County residents with questions or concerns about the novel coronavirus can call the county’s COVID-19 hotline, 830-221-1120, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the county’s website.

Update 3/23/20:

Comal County has a fourth positive case of COVID-19, according to county officials.

The case is travel-related and the patient is hospitalized outside of Comal County.

On Monday, officials also released new details about each of the confirmed cases in Comal County.

“Among the four cases, one is in their 20s, one in their 40s, one in their 60s and one in their 80s. One lives in the city of New Braunfels, two live in eastern Comal County, and one lives south of Canyon Lake,” county officials said.

The county website has a map of all confirmed cases.

Comal County officials said three cases are travel-related; the exposure source of the fourth case is unknown. As of Monday, a total of 51 people had been tested in Comal County.

3/21/20 Version:

Comal County is reporting a third positive case of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.

County officials said the case appears to be travel-related and said the patient has self-quarantined.

As of Saturday afternoon, 47 people had been tested in Comal County, officials said.

Comal County residents with questions or concerns about the novel coronavirus can call the county’s COVID-19 hotline, 830-221-1120, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit the county’s website.

Previous Story 3/18/20:

A disaster declaration for Comal County has been issued as officials have confirmed the first positive case of the novel coronavirus in the county.

The positive case is travel-related and the patient remains under self-quarantine, according to a news release. The patient had no contact with community members, officials said.

County Judge Sherman Krause signed the declaration Wednesday morning, according to the release. It will remain in effect for seven days.

“Declaring a disaster activates our emergency management plan and gives Comal County the tools to take further action as it becomes necessary,” Krause said.

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The county confirmed the case a day after the city of New Braunfels issued a state of local disaster amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city’s emergency management plan is also activated in that declaration.

The declarations follow that of the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, the state of Texas and the United States.

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.

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