Ninth death reported

Rockwall County’s statistics of individuals confirmed with the COVID-19 virus continue to rise, with nine deaths reported at a long-term care facility.

Rockwall County’s statistics of individuals confirmed with the COVID-19 virus continue to rise, with nine deaths reported at a long-term care facility.

Rockwall County Emergency Management Coordinator Barbara Neville announced the latest casualty at the Broadmoor Medical Lodge in Rockwall was reported Tuesday morning.

“To date, there are 60 COVID-19 cases in Broadmoor, 39 residents (15 recovered), 21 staff (17 recovered), and nine fatalities,” Neville said. “Broadmoor administration is conducting another round of testing today and tomorrow on all residents and staff. Broadmoor now has the support of the city of Rockwall Fire Department, who has begun working with them to mitigate spread and will conduct a site assessment this week.”

As of press time Tuesday, the Rockwall Office of Emergency Management was reporting that 153 people had been confirmed with the virus, with 87 people having recovered and with 1,660 tests having been conducted in the county.

A total of 22 people suspected of having COVID-19 had reported to Rockwall County hospitals between Monday and Tuesday mornings.

As of press time Tuesday, Neville’s office was also reporting 65 cases in Rockwall, 26 in Fate, 20 in Royse City, four in Heath, and two each in McLendon-Chisholm and Rowlett. A total of 34 of the cases at the Broadmoor Medical Lodge were from Rockwall County.

The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management is continuing an effort to gather supplies of personal protective equipment for the county’s medical professionals and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eight secure donation boxes have been set up at the following locations throughout Rockwall County:

• Fate DPS Station, 128 E. Fate Main Place

• Heath Public Safety Building, 200 Laurence Drive

• McLendon-Chisholm Fire Station 1, 1250 S. Highway 205

• Royse City Hall, 305 N. Arch St.

• Rockwall FD Station 1, 305 E. Boydstun Ave.

• Rockwall FD Station 2, 920 Rockwall Pkwy.

• Rockwall FD Station 3, 91 E. Quail Run Road

• Rockwall FD Station 4, 2915 S. Goliad St.

Anyone with a large quantity of PPE that will not fit in a donations box can contact 972-204-7080.

Items accepted include N95 masks, surgical masks, surgical gloves, isolation gowns, goggles, face shields, hand sanitizers and sanitizing/disinfecting supplies.

All donated supplies will be distributed to first responders and medical personnel on the front lines.

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