Hospitalizations dropping

As thousands more Rockwall County residents begin the process of being vaccinated against COVID-19, the number of people hospitalized with the virus is dropping significantly.

As thousands more Rockwall County residents begin the process of being vaccinated against COVID-19, the number of people hospitalized with the virus is dropping significantly.

Unfortunately, the total of those who have reportedly died as a result of contracting COVID-19 continues to increase.

The Rockwall Office of Emergency Management office reported Wednesday there had been 9,107 cumulative cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, an increase of 64 cases in one week’s time.

The report also noted there had been 8,910 estimated recoveries, representing an increase of 65 individuals within the previous seven days.

As of Wednesday, 23,856 Rockwall County residents had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, an increase of 3,450 vaccinations during the previous week.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported that 12,597 residents had been fully vaccinated as of Wednesday, 815 more than one week earlier.

There had been 143 deaths reported in Rockwall County due to COVID-19 as of Wednesday, four more than what was reported a week before and an increase of seven deaths during the past two weeks.

The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management reported there were 16 people in the county’s hospitals suffering from COVID-19 Wednesday, compared to 31 one week earlier, with just one patient in the ICU, compared to seven patients a week before.

The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management has announced Rockwall County is transitioning from a wait list for the vaccine to a mass vaccination notification list. During the next few weeks, the county will continue to utilize the original wait list to ensure all 1A and 1B eligible individuals have the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Those still in need of a COVID-19 vaccine can text the keyword “VAXROCKWALL” to 888777. After joining the VAXROCKWALL notification list they will receive text notifications regarding upcoming mass vaccination operations in Rockwall County. You will then be directed where to go and how to book an appointment.

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