County adds cases, deaths

Rockwall County added almost 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in a week, along with a half-dozen more deaths attributed to the virus.

Rockwall County added almost 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in a week, along with a half-dozen more deaths attributed to the virus.

More than 950 vaccinations have been provided and the number of locations where the COVID-19 vaccines will reportedly be available has more than doubled.

The latest report from the Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management indicated there had been 6,209 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, an increase of 985 cases in one week.

The department’s report also noted there had been 5,411 recoveries, representing an increase of 343 individuals within the previous seven days.

Vaccinations of the COVID-19 vaccines were being planned for distribution at seven locations in Rockwall County as of Monday. The list of offices, along with the details as to which vaccines will be provided and when they will be offered is available at https://tinyurl.com/yylrbd8j.

As of Monday, 2,086 vaccinations had been provided in the county, an increase of 957 vaccinations during the previous week.

There had been 55 deaths reported in Rockwall County as a result of COVID-19 as of Monday, six more than one week earlier and 10 in two week’s time.

The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management reported there were 105 people in the county’s hospitals suffering from COVID-19 as of Monday, including 15 patients in the ICU.

The COVID-19 restrictions remain in effect, as Trauma Service Area E, a 19-county region of North Texas which includes Hunt and Rockwall counties, was reporting the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity was at 27.2 percent as of Sunday.

The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management reported Monday that Texas hub providers will receive 158,825 doses of vaccine based on the number of people each provider estimated it could serve in a week. An additional 38,300 doses will go to other providers to continue vaccination in communities statewide.

In addition to the vaccine outlined above, Texas will reserve 121,875 doses for the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care program. This completes the first doses the state has been required to set aside, freeing up that much more vaccine to be shipped to providers each week in the future. Texas providers will also receive about 500,000 doses intended as the second dose for people first vaccinated a few weeks ago.

None of the hub providers were reported to be in Rockwall County as of Monday. A complete list of the providers, as well as information on how to obtain the vaccine, is available at https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine-hubs.aspx.

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