Waiting on new numbers

Officials in Rockwall County are awaiting additional information from the state on the status of COVID-19 virus statistics.

Officials in Rockwall County are awaiting additional information from the state on the status of COVID-19 virus statistics.

The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management was reporting two more confirmed cases of the virus from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) as of press time Tuesday.

“Both cases are in the city of Rockwall,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Barbara Neville. “One person is in their 70s, and one person is in their 50s.”

Neville reported 31 people were currently in Rockwall County hospitals with confirmed COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning.

“Royse City Medical Lodge has directly reported two additional positive cases to the county,” Neville said. “They now have 12 total cases: nine residents (three recovered) and three staff (one recovered).

Neville said Rockwall County has begun to receive more detailed information from the state.

“We are still working to make this data reliable and error-free,” she said. “Several instances have occurred in the data where cases outside of Rockwall County were reported in the Rockwall County case count. We are working to correct these outliers. This will not change the case counts dramatically. However, it is why you may see some case counts fluctuate or even drop in the next few days as we work with DSHS to fine-tune the reports we receive.”

As of press time Tuesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services was reporting Rockwall County had 331 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 181 recoveries and 16 deaths. A total of 5,369 tests had been conducted as of Tuesday.

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