Rockwall County recorded more COVID-19 deaths during the past week, although the number of active cases of the virus dropped significantly and there was also an increase in the numbers of recovered patients.
However it was unclear at the start of this week whether Rockwall County will be able to continue operating an antibody infusion center to help treat the county’s residents.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reported that as of Wednesday morning Rockwall County had 12,694 confirmed cumulative COVID-19 cases, 408 more than had been reported one week earlier, with 3,522 probable cases, 153 more than on Sept. 15.
The county reported 190 COVID-19 deaths as of Wednesday, four more than one week earlier and 30 more than on Aug. 11.
The county had 15,784 estimated recoveries of the virus, 592 more than one week earlier.
There were 385 active cases of the virus reported in Rockwall County Wednesday, 31 fewer than had been recorded Sept. 15.
On Sept. 6, Rockwall County opened a monoclonal antibody infusion center to treat patients who have received a positive test for COVID-19 at a tent outside of the Rockwall County Courthouse, 1111 E. Yellow Jacket Lane.
But the Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management reported Sept. 16 that the Federal Health and Human Services (HHS) department has changed the process for ordering Regeneron, the antibody treatment used in the infusion center, and that the partner operating the Rockwall County Antibody Center was no longer able to order the drug directly from the distributor.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) stated HHS is reducing the supply of Regeneron allocated to Texas. The entire State of Texas is receiving only 21,000 doses this week.
Numbers of those vaccinated in Rockwall County and in each county across the state are available online at https://tinyurl.com/29mgxxan
Multiple locations in Rockwall have doses of the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines available, with a list online at https://www.vaccines.gov/search/