Comal County

A New Braunfels man in his 40s became Comal County’s first death from the COVID-19 virus.

The man died Thursday afternoon at Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin. His death was among eight positive cases in the county. Three have been listed as recovered and released from isolation.

The New Braunfels man was one of two residents hospitalized in facilities outside of the county. Earlier Thursday the county reported a western Comal County resident in their 50s had tested positive after becoming symptomatic after traveling internationally.

“In the past week Comal County confirmed seven additional cases of COVID-19 for a total of eight cases,” Cheryl Fraser, the county’s public health director, told commissioners earlier Thursday, prior to the afternoon statement on the county’s first death. 

“So far, none of the cases have been confirmed as community spread,” she said. 

The public health office reported 111 tests of county residents compiled by public and private labs as of 7 p.m. Wednesday, with 69 negative tests and 34 still pending. 

Guadalupe County has reported eight positive cases, with 13 reported in Hays County, which enacted a “Stay at Home, Work Safe” order similar New Braunfels’ at 11 p.m. on Thursday.

Fraser said ages of Comal’s patients range from the 20s into the 80s. Officials will not release information on their conditions.

“The good news is that three of the eight have been released from isolation,” she said, pointing to a GIS map posting patient locations on the county’s COVID-19 website. Fraser said, adding the map follows a format introduced at Johns Hopkins University.

“Our hotline continues to be quite popular, as on Tuesday we surpassed 1,000 calls in a little more after activating it,” she said. 

Comal County on Thursday has not issued a shelter-in-place order, a measure adopted by several Texas counties. Fraser and county officials urge that people maintain social distancing and take proper precautions; Guadalupe County officials have done the same. 

Anyone who 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, said Paul Anthony, the county’s public information officer.

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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(2) comments

Norma Garcia

Prayers to the entire Mendez family....My concerns are if he visited a y public places...Like grocery stores etc...

Kelly Butler

Prayers flying up for Mr. Mendez and the family he left behind.😢

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