The regional percentage of hospital beds used by patients with COVID-19 has fallen to its lowest level since late November.
On Monday, the percentage of hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients in trauma ward P area of 22 counties, which includes both Comal and Guadalupe counties, stood at 8.31%, the lowest figure since the rate of 7.27% on 23 November.
At least 563 area patients were hospitalized on Monday, with 115 intensive care beds available.
The rate is well below the 15% threshold, which triggers reductions in occupancy for businesses and forces bars to close when it exceeds this rate for seven days.
As of Sunday, there were at least 5,696 hospital patients in Texas with confirmed coronavirus infections. State health officials reported 11,259 staffed hospital beds available, including 904 staffed intensive care beds available statewide. COVID-19 patients occupy 8.4% of total hospital beds statewide.
Of the county’s 244 active cases, 41 patients were hospitalized on Monday, which remained stable from Friday’s report. Hospitals in Comal County said they treated 28 COVID-19 patients, including nine in intensive care and seven on ventilators.
Local hospitals are caring for a mix of local and outside patients, and officials have said some of his patients may be treated at outside hospitals.
Comal County health officials reported 39 new cases of the virus on Monday morning, including 29 of those confirmed and 10 probable.
Confirmed cases are detected through more precise molecular testing, while probable cases are detected through rapid-result antigen testing.
Health officials reported 28 recoveries on Monday, bringing the total to 8,586.
Twenty-three of the new cases are from New Braunfels, including 11 from the Bulverde / Spring Branch area, four from south of Canyon Lake and one from the north.
Distributed by age, 13 cases come from people aged 30 to 40, 10 from people aged 50 to 60, eight from people under 20, five from people 70 and over and three from 20 years old.
County officials have reported 9,122 cases of the virus since the pandemic began in March 2020.
As of Sunday, the state had reported 2.3 million confirmed cases in 254 counties and 356,889 probable cases in 223 counties since the start of the pandemic.
The county’s seven-day molecular positivity rate stood at 46.88% on Monday, but health officials say the molecular rate can be misleading because fewer residents are taking it.
The antigen positivity rate was 11.81%.
Monday morning, public health received information indicating 65,305 tests carried out, with 4,802 confirmed cases, 4,301 probable cases and 19 suspected cases.
Those wishing to be tested for COVID-19 can call the county’s dedicated hotline, 830-221-1120, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to make an appointment.
Public health has administered more than 8,400 Moderna vaccines so far in six mass vaccination events. Plans call for the administration of 4,000 second doses on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The county’s waiting list for the COVID-19 vaccine has closed after capping at 12,000 people, but officials said it could reopen as vaccine supply increases. County officials said call center operators continued to schedule appointments for future vaccination clinics.
Officials are asking people to answer calls as soon as possible.
County officials are also asking those on the waiting list who receive emails that contain links or phone numbers to schedule appointments for future immunization clinics not to share this information publicly. .
Residents interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, who meet the criteria for Phase 1A and 1B of the state’s immunization plan, can check the county’s website and Facebook page to find out when the waitlist will reopen.
People are not required to be vaccinated in their county of residence.
Walmart and Sam’s Club has started administering vaccines in parts of the state.
The Walmart Planner can be found by visiting Walmart.com/covidvaccine. The Sam’s Club Planner can be found by visiting SamsClub.com/covid.
The Food and Drug Administration approved Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday …
You do not need to be a member to get vaccinated at Sam’s Club.
CVS Health has started administering COVID-19 vaccines to eligible people in parts of Texas.
Patients should register in advance on CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app. Those without online access can contact CVS Customer Service at 800-746-7287.
Christus Santa Rosa has an appointment system for certain clinics and ambulatory care sites. Visit their website at christushealth.org and use the live chat feature to be screened for eligibility and check availability.
HEB has also started vaccinations in some locations. Regularly check the scheduling tool at heb.com/vaccine for the availability of new appointments.
As of Saturday, 5.3 million doses were given, 3.5 million people given a dose and 1.8 million people, or 6.2% of the population of Texas, fully vaccinated.
The two vaccines currently available – Pfizer and Moderna – require two doses, and neither vaccine is approved for children under the age of 16.
In Comal County, 20,336 people received one dose and 8,586 people received both doses, according to data from the State Department of Health Services.
People can find more information about the COVID-19 vaccine at dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx. The website includes links to vaccine availability maps and suppliers.
The Texas Tribune contributed to this story.