Death toll rising

The death toll attributed to COVID-19 continued to rise in Rockwall County to start October, in stark contrast to the falling number of active deaths in the area.

The death toll attributed to COVID-19 continued to rise in Rockwall County to start October, in stark contrast to the falling number of active deaths in the area.

The tally of COVID-19 patients across the North Texas area is reportedly declining significantly and six out of 10 county residents are reportedly fully vaccinated againist the virus.

Free COVID-19 testing continues at Royse City High School and Rockwall County is offering a monoclonal antibody infusion center for COVID-19 patients.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported that as of Wednesday morning, Rockwall County had 13,214 confirmed cumulative COVID-19 cases, 35 more than had been reported one week earlier, with 3,717 probable cases, 98 more than on Sept. 29.

The county reported 214 COVID-19 deaths as of Wednesday, six more than one week earlier, and 44 more than on Aug. 11.

The county had 16,643 estimated recoveries of the virus, 369 more than one week earlier.

There were 240 active cases of the virus reported in Rockwall County Wednesday, 37 fewer than had been recorded Sept. 29 and a decrease of 172 cases in three weeks.

• The hospitals in Trauma Service Area E, a 19-county region of North Texas, which includes Rockwall County, reported 2,288 patients were in hospital beds with COVID-19 as of Tuesday, a reduction of 24 cases in one week, which accounted for 29.45% of the 7,769  patients hospitalized due to the virus across Texas.

The hospitals in Trauma Service Area E reported that as of Tuesday, 14.27% of all hospitalized patients in the region were due to COVID-19.

• The CDC has recommended the individuals who should receive a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after completing their first and second doses of the vaccine include people age 65 years and older, residents aged 18 years and older in long-term care facilities or people age 50-64 year with underlying medical conditions.

As of Wednesday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported that 60.72% of Rockwall County residents 12 and older had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes those individuals who had received additional doses as recommended on or after Aug. 13.

* The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management has partnered with Royse City ISD and My Labs Direct to provide free COVID-19 testing for residents, although there are no residency requirements. My Labs Direct files administration fees to the insurance company but there is no cost to the patient and no one will be denied testing due to insurance coverage. Results are guaranteed within 24 hours but often come back the same day. Registration is available online at https://tinyurl.com/5d4f9keh

• On Sept. 6, Rockwall County opened a monoclonal antibody infusion center to treat patients who have received a positive test for COVID-19. Additional information is available at https://tinyurl.com/mz8amkph

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