Rockwall Hopsital COVID overfill tent

Texas Health Hospital Rockwall in Rockwall worked with the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council to build an overflow tent on hospital grounds. The spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant is causing healthcare facilities to search for ways to provide additional space and resources to accommodate the growing number of patients.

Rockwall County continues to report hundreds of new cases of COVID-19 this week, with multiple deaths attributed to the virus.

On a positive note, the number of active COVID-19 cases declined to start the week, when compared to one week earlier and the total number of recovered cases also rose sharply.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported that as of Tuesday morning Rockwall County had 10,537 cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases, an increase of 309 cases when compared to one week earlier, with 2,894 probable cases, 73 more in one week.

The county had 163 reported deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of four deaths in one week’s time.

The statistics were reported on the evening of Monday, August 16.

The county had 13,034 estimated recoveries of the virus, a rise of 511 people in one week. There were 350 active cases of the virus reported in Rockwall County Tuesday morning, 129 fewer than on August 10.

The hospitals in Trauma Service Area E, a 19-county region of North Texas, which includes Rockwall County, reported 2,743 patients were in hospital beds with COVID-19 as of Monday, an increase of 510 patients since August 10 which accounted for 24.54% of the 11,791 patients hospitalized due to the virus across Texas.

The hospitals in Trauma Service Area E reported that as of Monday, 17.89% of all hospitalized patients in the region were due to COVID-19.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported Tuesday that 65.1% of the Rockwall County population 12 years and older had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, with 53.03% being fully vaccinated.

The state agency said 90.27% of the Rockwall County population 65 and older had received at least one dose of the vaccine, and with 80.25% being fully vaccinated.

Numbers of those vaccinated in Rockwall County and in each county across the state are available online at https://tinyurl.com/29mgxxan

Multiple locations in Rockwall have doses of the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines available, with a list online at https://www.vaccines.gov/search/

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