Surge in fatalities

Rockwall County reported a significant increase in the number of deaths related to the COVID-19 virus during the past week and the Rockwall Independent School District is reporting positive COVID-19 cases among students and employees as the new school year begins.

Rockwall County reported a significant increase in the number of deaths related to the COVID-19 virus during the past week and the Rockwall Independent School District is reporting positive COVID-19 cases among students and employees as the new school year begins.

The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management was reporting a total of 1,290 cases of the virus as of Wednesday morning, with 134 active cases and 1,130 recoveries.

The Texas Department of State Health Services indicated there had been 16,676 COVID-19 tests conducted in the county as of press time Wednesday, an increase of 357 tests since Saturday’s report, resulting in a 7.7 percent positivity rate in the county.

The county agency was indicating 26 people had died because of COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning, an increase of eight cases since Tuesday’s report.

The Rockwall and Royse school districts are each posting daily COVID-19 dashboards online. The Rockwall ISD report, as of Wednesday, indicated there were two students and three staff members in the district reported via lab results to be positive with the virus, with two students and two staff members listed as “stay at home positive complete.”

The Rockwall ISD COVID-19 dashboard is available at www.rockwallisd.com/Page/16161.

The Royse City ISD report indicated there was one student at Royse City High School lab-confirmed with COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning.

The Royse City ISD dashboard is available at www.rcisd.org/domain/362.

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