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Comal County Courthouse MIKALA COMPTON | Herald-Zeitung

Comal County has its eighth positive test for the coronavirus, officials said Thursday morning, while also announcing that three people have now recovered and been released from isolation.

The latest case is considered travel-related because the patient became symptomatic after traveling internationally. Officials said the patient is in their 50s and lives in western Comal County.

The previous count of people who had been released and recovered was at two before Thursday morning's news.

"Someone who is symptomatic and tests positive for COVID-19 must be symptom-free — no fever, no coughing, no shortness of breath — for seven days before they can be considered recovered and released from quarantine," Comal County Public Information Officer Paul Anthony said.

Two other coronavirus patients are currently hospitalized at out-of-county facilities and officials have not released any information on their current status. 

As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, Comal County’s Office of Public Health has received reports of 111 tests conducted, including the eight positive results. Sixty-nine negative tests have been reported, and 34 are still pending. 

Hays County has 11 reported positive tests, while Guadalupe County has also reported 8 positive tests. Hays County will begin a Stay at Home, Work Safe order — similar to what New Braunfels enacted — at 11 p.m. on Thursday.

Broader Comal County doesn't have an order in place but county officials have urged people to maintain social distancing and take proper precautions. Guadalupe County officials have done the same. 

Information about COVID-19, as well as coronavirus-related county office closures and restrictions, is available at www.comalcountytx.com/covid19.

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

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