Hundreds vaccinated

Rockwall County vaccinated almost 800 residents against COVID-19 during the past week, while hundreds of patients also reported recovering from the virus.

Rockwall County vaccinated almost 800 residents against COVID-19 during the past week, while hundreds of patients also reported recovering from the virus.

However, the numbers of new cases also continued to spike upward, with the county reporting another surge in deaths.

The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management was reporting Wednesday the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity in the 19-county Trauma Service Area North Texas had dipped from 27.1 percent one week ago to 18.8 percent on Tuesday.

The latest report from the department indicated there had been 6,923 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of press time Wednesday, an increase of 642 cases in one week. The department’s report also noted there had been 6,616 recoveries, representing an increase of 749 individuals within the previous seven days.

As of Wednesday, 2,904 vaccinations had been provided in the county, an increase of 797 patients in one week.

There had been 66 deaths reported in the county as a result of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, 11 more than one week earlier and representing an increase of 17 deaths in two weeks.

The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management reported there were 89 people in the county’s hospitals suffering from COVID-19 as of Wednesday, including 14 patients in the ICU.

The Texas Department of State Health Services indicated there had been 58,873 COVID-19 tests conducted in the county as of press time Wednesday.

Vaccinations of the COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed or planned at multiple offices in Rockwall County. Updates on the status of the availability of the vaccines and to whom it will be offered can be found online at https://tinyurl.com/y2pgf5od.

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