Dozen deaths reported

Rockwall County is reporting a dozen deaths connected to COVID-19, all from a long-term care facility.

Rockwall County is reporting a dozen deaths connected to COVID-19, all from a long-term care facility.

New measures will be implemented starting next week for entry into the Rockwall County Courthouse because of the pandemic.

The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management reported 175 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county as of Wednesday, with 146 people having recovered and 2,211 tests performed.

A total of 12 people have reportedly died because of the virus in Rockwall County, all at the Broadmoor Medical Lodge in Rockwall.

Rockwall County Emergency Management Coordinator Barbara Neville reported seven additional cases were confirmed Wednesday morning, with four cases in Rockwall, one in Fate, and two at the Broadmoor facility.

As of press time Wednesday, 77 of the cases were in the city of Rockwall, 29 in Fate, 23 in Royse City, five in Heath and two each in McLendon-Chisholm and Rowlett. A total of 37 cases from Rockwall County were reported at the Broadmoor Medical Lodge.

New measures will be in place when entering the Rockwall County Courthouse, 1111 E. Yellowjacket Lane in Rockwall, starting June 1, in accordance with the Office of Court Administration guidelines as issued by the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals:

• Masks must be worn inside the courthouse.

* Persons entering the courthouse will be subject to having their temperature taken and refused entry if they have a temperature of 100 degrees or greater or they have other symptoms of COVID-19.

• All persons not from the same household will be required to maintain social distancing of at least six feet.

* Each department within the courthouse has different entry rules or may require an appointment.

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