Drop in active cases

The pace of COVID-19 cases in Rockwall County has declined dramatically, with the number active cases cut almost in half in one week’s time.

The pace of COVID-19 cases in Rockwall County has declined dramatically, with the number active cases cut almost in half in one week’s time.

The numbers of COVID-19 patients across the region has also been significantly reduced.

Unfortunately, September was ending in Rockwall County with another increase in the number of deaths attributed to the virus.

Free COVID-19 testing continues at Royse City High School.

• The Texas Department of State Health Services reported that as of Tuesday morning Rockwall County had 12,865 cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases, an increase of 305 cases when compared to one week earlier, with 3,574 probable cases, 109 more in one week.

The county had 195 reported deaths attributed to COVID-19, six more than one week earlier and an increase of 27 deaths in four weeks.

The statistics were reported on the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 27.

The county had 16.103 estimated recoveries of the virus, 685 more than a week earlier. There were 279 active cases of the virus reported in Rockwall County Tuesday morning, 271 fewer than on Sept. 21.

The hospitals in Trauma Service Area E, a 19-county region of North Texas, which includes Rockwall County, reported 2,833 patients were in hospital beds with COVID-19 as of Monday, a reduction of 428 cases in one week, which accounted for 29.14% of the 9,719 patients hospitalized due to the virus across Texas.

The hospitals in Trauma Service Area E reported that as of Monday, 17.85% of all hospitalized patients in the region were due to COVID-19.

* 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

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