CORRECTION: The original story mistakenly noted that Texas Health Hospital in Rockwall had opened the antibody infusion center, which was incorrect.
September started on a grim note for Rockwall County, with multiple deaths attributed to COVID-19 and more than 500 new cases of the virus.
An antibody infusion center has been established to help treat Rockwall residents.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported that as of Tuesday morning Rockwall County had 11,574 cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases, an increase of 427 cases when compared to one week earlier, with 3,144 probable cases, 88 more in one week.
The county had 175 reported deaths attributed to COVID-19, seven more than one week earlier and an increase of 17 deaths in four weeks.
The statistics were reported on the evening of Monday, Sept. 6.
The county had 14,297 estimated recoveries of the virus, 428 more than a week earlier. There were 374 active cases of the virus reported in Rockwall County Tuesday morning, 87more than on August 31.
The hospitals in Trauma Service Area E, a 19-county region of North Texas, which includes Rockwall County, reported 3,639 patients were in hospital beds with COVID-19 as of Monday, which accounted for 27.26% of the 13,345 patients hospitalized due to the virus across Texas.
The hospitals in Trauma Service Area E reported that as of Sunday, 23.33% of all hospitalized patients in the region were due to COVID-19.
On Monday morning, a monoclonal antibody infusion center was established to treat patients who have received a positive test for COVID-19.
The treatment is free and is being performed at a tent outside of the Rockwall County Courthouse, 1111 E. Yellow Jacket Lane. The infusions of the drug Rengeron are for patients who are within the first 10 days of showing symptoms
Walk-ins are available at the tent or individuals can register for an appointment at mdlabtx.com. Rockwall County residents will get priority if slots are limited.