An empty bed in the intensive care unit at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa on Monday, July 13, 2020. MIKALA COMPTON | Herald-Zeitung

A child under 18 years of age is among the latest COVID-19 fatalities reported by health officials, bringing Comal County’s death toll to 464 since the pandemic arrived locally in March of 2020.

The child, a New Braunfels resident, died at a San Antonio hospital on Oct. 20. The child’s gender and exact age were not disclosed. It’s the first pediatric death from the virus reported in Comal County, according to officials.

County health officials also reported three additional COVID-19 fatalities, including a Spring Branch woman in her 60s on Nov. 14 at a local hospital, a New Braunfels man in his 80s on Nov. 11 at a Seguin hospital and a New Braunfels woman in her 70’s on Nov. 11 at a San Antonio hospital.

County officials reported a total of seven fatalities this week.

As of Wednesday, 71,844 people who tested positive for the virus have died in Texas. 

The county reported 198 new cases this week, bringing the total number of cases to 19,996.

Comal County’s hospitals reported caring for 11 COVID-19 patients on Friday, up four from a week ago, with two in intensive care and none on ventilators. According to county health officials, about 91% of those patients were unvaccinated.

Not all patients hospitalized in Comal County are necessarily county residents.

The regional hospitalization rate, which covers the 22-county area that includes both Comal and Guadalupe counties, stood at 2.9%.

According to state data, 67.44% of Comal County residents eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine have had at least one shot as of Friday, with 59.73% of those fully vaccinated. The rates in neighboring Guadalupe County, which has a portion of the city of New Braunfels in it, stood at 60.36% and 53.6%, respectively.

The statewide rates stand at 67.71% and 58.4%, respectively.

A total of 34.9 million doses have been administered statewide, including booster shots. So far, 2,247,649 Texans have received booster shots, according to state data.

The county’s health department administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for those 18 and older and Pfizer vaccine for anyone five years and older by appointment. Those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and qualify for a third dose can also call to schedule an appointment for a vaccine. 

For more information about the pediatric dosage and what to expect after the vaccine, including possible side effects, visit

The health department is also offering COVID-19 booster vaccines to eligible residents by appointment. Appointments can be made by calling 830-221-1150.

Public health officials said call volume is heavy and ask for patience when making a call to schedule an appointment.

To find other locations where vaccines are available for both adults and children, the CDC has set up a national vaccine finder to search by zip code at

The Texas Tribune contributed to this story.

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