Recoveries surpass new cases

Rockwall County continues to see a rise in the numbers of deaths connected to COVID-19 but has also reported more recoveries from the virus than new cases in the past week.

Rockwall County continues to see a rise in the numbers of deaths connected to COVID-19 but has also reported more recoveries from the virus than new cases in the past week.

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 of North Texas, which includes Rockwall County, had reached 17.1 percent as of Tuesday, which means restrictions on certain businesses because of the virus will continue to remain in place.

The latest report from the department indicated there had been 4,040 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning, an increase of 323 cases in one week. The department’s report also noted there had been 3,689 recoveries, representing an increase of 417 individuals within the previous seven days.

There had been 42 deaths reported in the county as a result of COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning, four more than one week earlier.

The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management reported there were 63 people in the county’s hospitals suffering from COVID-19 as of Tuesday, including 14 patients in the ICU.

The Texas Department of State Health Services indicated there had been 41,065 COVID-19 tests conducted in the county as of press time Wednesday, 2,942 more than on Nov. 9.

Royse City High School, 700 FM 2642 and LakePointe Church, 701 E. Interstate 30 in Rockwall, are serving as static testing sites through December. The testing is free. There are no requirements for the test and participants are asked to register at GoGetTested.com.

Testing at the high school is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Testing at LakePointe Church is scheduled seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays.

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