Two Comal ISD bond propositions on track to be voted down as counties near end of reporting
Proposition C would provide $61.49 million in funding for renovating recreational facilities, while Proposition D would provide $20.4 million for the construction and renovation of stadiums.communityimpact.com
COVID-19 deaths in Comal County surpass 400 as active case counts rise above 1,600
On Sept. 13, Comal County reported 279 new confirmed and probable local cases of COVID-19 and the deaths of seven county residents. Since March 2020, the county has reported 401 coronavirus-related deaths.communityimpact.com
More than 1,200 active cases reported in Comal County as hospitalizations continue to rise
“In the height of the positives last year we only got up in the 700s, I don’t think we ever crossed the 1,000 mark of active cases,” said Cheryl Fraser, director of the Comal County Department of Public Health.communityimpact.com
Comal County reports more than 490 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 during the week of July 26 as two local cases of delta variant are confirmed
Since July 26, Comal County has reported a total of 492 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases. It is the highest number of weekly reported cases since the week of January 25.communityimpact.com
Positivity rate in Comal County rises after more than 300 new cases reported July 19-25
Since July 19, Comal County has reported 359 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, bringing the county total to 12,132. Of the 359 new cases, 312 were recorded during the week of July 19-25, the highest weekly number of new cases since the week of Feb. 8-14.communityimpact.com
Army Corps of Engineers will lease Canyon Lake Park to Comal County recreation organization
CANYON LAKE, Texas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced on Tuesday that it would be leasing Canyon Lake Park to the Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County. Javier Pérez Ortiz, the lake manager, said WORD would be releasing additional information on their website and social media. “We believe WORD will be an excellent steward of Canyon Lake Park and will be able to offer an exceptional recreational experience to our residents and visitors,” Ortiz said. Mike Dussere, general manager of WORD, said that the information regarding the park will be available to the public in the coming days. “We know there will be many questions and we will be issuing much more information to the public soon,” Dussere said.
New Braunfels ISD and Comal ISD diverge on mask mandate as politics, science clash
AdIn New Braunfels ISD, which serves more low-income and Latino students, the school board opted to survey parents, resulting in a vote to keep the school mask mandate. One Comal ISD board member, Marty Bartlett, cited the arguments of well-known conspiracy theorists and vaccine skeptics who say masks are government overreach, not sound science. His margins were widest in the rural areas in Comal ISD and smaller in New Braunfels ISD. The two districts, both headquartered in New Braunfels, the largest city in the county, have subtle but important differences: New Braunfels ISD is majority students of color (54%) to Comal ISD’s 48%; 38% of New Braunfels ISD students qualify for free and reduced lunch, while 30% qualify in Comal ISD. His comment — and the feedback from Hennessee’s and York’s districts — suggests the tension between conservative and ultraconservative viewpoints exists not just between New Braunfels ISD and Comal ISD, but within Comal ISD as well.
Seniors encouraged to register for Comal County’s COVID-19 vaccine standby list
COMAL COUNTY, Texas – Comal County’s COVID-19 vaccine standby list is now open, and the county is encouraging seniors to register to get on the list. If you are 65 or older, you can sign up to get the vaccine in the state of Texas. The total in Comal County is 30,200. If you fall under that phase, you can begin to sign up on the standby list on March 15. According to officials, signing up for the standby list does not guarantee you’ll get a spot for the vaccine.
Parents raise concerns after Comal ISD board members vote to make mask-wearing optional
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – Comal Independent School District board members gathered Tuesday to discuss the use of face masks after Gov. They decided in a 5 to 2 vote, making the use of a face-covering optional for students and staff members. Mona Ramirez, who is a Comal ISD parent, said the problem was the notification was vague. Unlike Comal ISD, New Braunfels ISD asked parents and staff members to participate in a thought exchange where they were allowed to contribute their preferences on continuing the face mask mandate. Ramirez has since started a change.org petition to get Comal ISD board members to reconsider their decision.