Fourth Person Dies of COVID-19 in Comal County
Comal County reported its fourth COVID-19 death today and confirmed another five cases of the disease, bringing the total of residents infected with the virus to 34.
The Comal County woman, who was in her 80s, died at home last weekend, the county said in a statement. A positive postmortem test was reported to the county’s Office of Public Health (OPH) on Thursday, April 9. Her husband, who had been hospitalized in San Antonio with the disease, died overnight on Tuesday.
“We continue to mourn the loss of these members of our community, and continue to pray for their loved ones,” County Judge Sherman Krause said in a statement released on Thursday. “Social distancing remains our best and most effective tool to prevent these losses, and we continue to remind everyone to do everything they can to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19.”
The woman’s case is the 34th confirmed to the county as of Thursday morning. The other four new cases include one near Spring Branch, one in New Braunfels, and one in Fair Oaks Ranch. Two are under 18, and one is in their 40s. All are home-isolated.
Another of the most recent confirmed cases has a post office box within the county, and the OPH is working to identify their home address.
In addition, Public Health confirmed nine new recoveries in accordance with criteria established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for a total of 16. Fourteen cases remain active.
Cheryl Fraser, director of the OPH, warned Commissioners Court this morning that everyone “should treat every place they go and every person they come into contact with as if they are being exposed to COVID-10. It is here in our community and the best protection is to abide by the county’s stay-at-home, stay safe order. Maintain social distancing and use masks when going in public.”
In the statement issued today by the county, she said patients who tested positive for COVID-19 but have recovered no longer need to be isolated at home.
“Meanwhile, we continue to monitor other patients to ensure they are isolating themselves and protecting our community,” she said.
As of Tuesday night, Comal County’s Office of Public Health has received reports of the following test information:
324 tests conducted
34 positive tests
210 negative tests
80 results still pending
Of the 34 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown is:
12 from New Braunfels or the immediate area
6 from the Bulverde area
5 from eastern Comal County
3 from north of Canyon Lake
2 from south of Canyon Lake
2 from Fair Oaks Ranch
1 from the Spring Branch area
1 from southwest Comal County
1 from central Comal County
1 under investigation
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.