Comal County set another record for the most COVID-19 cases reported in a single day, adding 379 new cases today.
The previous record of 352 cases was set on Monday. A total of 23,343 cases of the virus have been reported in the county since March 2020.
“New cases are skyrocketing,” Texas’ Department of State Health Services said on Twitter today. “COVID has never spread this fast in Texas. Hospitalizations rising rapidly. Fatalities increasing.”
The state’s seven-day average of new cases is 44,036. The seven-day average for fatalities is 92. Some 136 deaths were reported today. There are 11,571 current hospitalizations.
Texas’ molecular positivity rate is 35.6%.
In a statement, the county also confirmed another fatality, a New Braunfels man in his 60s who died of the virus at a New Braunfels hospital on Jan. 7. The total number of deceased is now 487.
On Wednesday, county hospitals reported caring for 50 COVID-19 cases. Of those, nine are in intensive care and two are on ventilators. Not all COVID-positive patients hospitalized in Comal County are necessarily county residents.
Approximately 84% of these patients are unvaccinated.
Some 62.11% of all county residents are fully vaccinated (two shots).
Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said residents seeking COVID tests should visit the Texas Division of Emergency Management website for more information.
The Public Health Department is administering Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for those 18 and older, and Pfizer vaccines for anyone five and up. Booster vaccines also are available.
To schedule an appointment call 830-221-1150.