After a couple weeks of the COVID-19 virus slowing down in Rockwall County, October started with a slight increase in the number of active cases and another spike in the number of reported deaths.
The numbers of COVID-19 patients across the region was reduced significantly during the last week of September and six out of 10 county residents are reportedly fully vaccinated against the virus.
Free COVID-19 testing continues at Royse City High School and Rockwall County is offering a monoclonal antibody infusion center for COVID-19 patients
• The Texas Department of State Health Services reported that as of Tuesday morning Rockwall County had 13,136 cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases, an increase of 271 cases when compared to one week earlier, with 3,696 probable cases, 122 more in one week.
There were 313 active cases of the virus reported in Rockwall County Tuesday morning, 34 more than on Sept. 28.
The county had 204 reported deaths attributed to COVID-19, nine more than one week earlier and an increase of 36 deaths in five weeks.
The statistics were reported on the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 4.
The county had 16,471 estimated recoveries of the virus, 368 more than a week earlier.
The hospitals in Trauma Service Area E, a 19-county region of North Texas, which includes Rockwall County, reported 2,312 patients were in hospital beds with COVID-19 as of Monday, a reduction of 522 cases in one week, which accounted for 29.14% of the 7,934 patients hospitalized due to the virus across Texas.
The hospitals in Trauma Service Area E reported that as of Monday, 14.37% of all hospitalized patients in the region were due to COVID-19.
• The CDC has recommended the individuals who should receive a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after completing their first and second doses of the vaccine include people age 65 years and older, residents aged 18 years and older in long-term care facilities or people age 50-64 year with underlying medical conditions.
As of Monday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported that 60.62% of Rockwall County residents 12 and older had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes those individuals who had received additional doses as recommended on or after Aug. 13.
* The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management has partnered with Royse City ISD and My Labs Direct to provide free COVID-19 testing for residents, although there are no residency requirements. My Labs Direct files administration fees to the insurance company but there is no cost to the patient and no one will be denied testing due to insurance coverage. Results are guaranteed within 24 hours but often come back the same day. Registration is available online at https://tinyurl.com/5d4f9keh
• On Sept. 6, Rockwall County opened a monoclonal antibody infusion center to treat patients who have received a positive test for COVID-19. Additional information is available at https://tinyurl.com/mz8amkph