Active cases rising

Rockwall and Hunt counties began 2022 by reporting more than 1,500 active COVID-19 cases along with additional deaths attributed to the virus.

Rockwall and Hunt counties began 2022 by reporting more than 1,500 active COVID-19 cases along with additional deaths attributed to the virus.

Meanwhile, a backlog of COVID-19 test results in Fate has resulted in changes to a vendor.

The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management and the Fate Department of Public Safety announced this week that because of long waits for testing results from All American Testing, a new company, Curative, will take over testing in Fate at the same location. COVID-19 testing also is being continued at the Royse City ISD stadium.

Information on testing, obtaining vaccinations, monoclonal antibody infusion and the status on the number of cases in Rockwall County is available online at https://www.rockwallcountytexas.com/1023/COVID-19-Information.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported Jan. 3 that Rockwall County had 936 active COVID-19 cases, compared to 391 cases Dec. 28, 277 cases on Dec. 21, 262 cases on Dec. 14, 141 cases Dec. 6, 80 cases on Nov. 29, and 43 cases Nov. 15.

The county had reported 14,469 cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 4,611 probable cases.

Rockwall County has had 228 reported deaths attributed to COVID-19, three more than on Dec. 28.

Hunt County had 597 active cases, according to DSHS and 317 COVID-19 related deaths, three more than one week earlier.

Hospitals in Trauma Service Area E, a 19-county region of North Texas that  includes Rockwall and Hunt counties, reported 2,129 patients were in hospital beds with COVID-19 as of Monday, which accounted for 30.34% of the 7,015 patients hospitalized due to the virus across Texas.

The hospitals in Trauma Service Area E reported that as of Monday, 14.32% of all hospitalized patients in the region were due to COVID-19.

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