Improving numbers

Rockwall County’s statistics about COVID-19 improved dramatically this week, while the death total was reduced by state health officials.

Rockwall County’s statistics about COVID-19 improved dramatically this week, while the death total was reduced by state health officials.

The county recorded a significant reduction in the number of active cases and a sharp increase in the number of patients who had recovered from the virus while adding more than 1,000 conducted tests.

The Rockwall Office of Emergency Management reported Tuesday afternoon that there were 716 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county, an increase of 32 people from the report issued Monday.

There were 74 estimated active cases, 31 fewer than the day before, while there were also 625 reported recoveries in the county, an increase of 63 patients since Monday.

The office reported there were 49 COVID-19 patients in Rockwall County hospitals as of Tuesday.

The numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases included 358 from Rockwall, 115 from Fate, 36 from Heath, 62 from Royse City, 75 from Rowlett, 29 from McLendon-Chisholm, one each from Mobile City and Wylie and 39 from the unincorporated areas of Rockwall County.

The county reported 17 COVID-19 related deaths in the county Tuesday, a number which has held steady for weeks. But the Texas Department of State Health Services this week began tallying the deaths by the county of the individual’s residence and not necessarily the location where they died, which indicated as of Wednesday morning Rockwall County had 12 fatalities attributed to the virus.

There had been 9,404 tests for COVID-19 conducted in Rockwall County as of Tuesday, an increase of 1,042 tests from Monday’s report.

• Additional information on the numbers of cases and tests performed in counties across Texas is available at the Texas Department of State Health Services dashboard at https://txdshs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/ed483ecd702b4298ab01e8b9cafc8b83.

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