Receiving vaccinations

More than 1,000 Rockwall County residents received the initial COVID-19 vaccine during the past week, with almost as many becoming fully vaccinated against the virus.

More than 1,000 Rockwall County residents received the initial COVID-19 vaccine during the past week, with almost as many becoming fully vaccinated against the virus.

Hundreds more people reported being recovered than new cases being reported, according to information from the Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management, which also indicated a continued reduction in the number of hospitalizations.

Unfortunately, there was another spike in the number of fatal victims of the virus.

There were 8,700 confirmed cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Rockwall County as of press time Wednesday, an increase of 251 cases in one week. The department’s report also noted there were 8,518 recoveries, representing an increase of 349 individuals within the previous seven days.

A total of 12,112 residents have been vaccinated against COVID-19 as of press time Wednesday, an increase of 1,033 doses in one week’s time.

The Texas Department of State Health Services indicated that 5,031 people reported to be fully vaccinated, 921 more than one week earlier.

There have been 115 deaths reported in the county as a result of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, 10 more cases in the past seven days.

The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management reported there were 49 people in the county’s hospitals suffering from COVID-19, 17 fewer than one week earlier and 39 fewer than two weeks ago. There were five patients in the ICU, a reduction of seven patients in the past week.

Vaccinations of the COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed or planned at multiple offices in Rockwall County. Updates on the status of the availability of the vaccines and to whom it will be offered can be found online at https://tinyurl.com/y2pgf5od

The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management was reporting that due to last week’s winter weather, the latest shipment of COVID-19 vaccine was not shipped by the CDC. The state has informed healthcare providers to expect last week's vaccine shipment was to arrive sometime this week. Healthcare providers in Rockwall County were expecting to receive first and second doses of vaccine this week.

When Rockwall Fire Department and Helping Hands receive second doses, they will send residents the information about scheduling a second dose.

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