Comal County Adds 23 New COVID-19 Cases, Texas Reports First Omicron Case
Comal County reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the county total to 20,365.
The number of deceased remains 370.
County hospitals are caring for seven COVID-19 cases. Three are in intensive care and two are on ventilators. Approximately 100% of these patients are unvaccinated.
Some 60.66% of county residents are fully vaccinated.
Also today Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported its first case of the COVID-19 B.1.1.529 variant in an adult female resident of Harris County.
Results of genetic sequencing showed the infection as caused by the Omicron variant strain.
“It’s normal for viruses to mutate, and given how quickly Omicron spread in southern Africa, we’re not surprised that it showed up here,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner. “Getting vaccinated and continuing to use prevention strategies including wearing a mask when you are around people you don’t live with, social distancing, handwashing and getting tested when you have symptoms will help slow the spread of the virus and help end the pandemic.”
Omicron is thought to be responsible for a small proportion of the current COVID-19 cases in Texas and the United States, DSHS said.
Studies are underway to determine how effective vaccines are expected to be against infection, the agency said. Vaccination is expected to continue to offer protection against hospitalization and death.
Comal County’s Public Health Department is administering Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for those 18 and older and Pfizer vaccines for anyone five years and older.
Those who are high risk and qualify for a third dose or booster also can call to schedule an appointment.
The number is 830-221-1150.