Receiving vaccinations

A majority of Rockwall County residents eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine has received at least one dose, as almost 13,000 people received a shot during the past week.

A majority of Rockwall County residents eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine has received at least one dose, as almost 13,000 people received a shot during the past week.

While the numbers of people being confirmed with COVID-19 has decreased, the virus continues to spread and has reportedly claimed the lives of another of the county’s residents.

However, the numbers of those hospitalized due to the virus has been rising and Rockwall County reported two more deaths attributed to COVID-19.

A report from the Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management indicated there had been 9,337 cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Rockwall County as of Wednesday, an increase of 43 cases in one week’s time.

The report also noted there had been 9,147 estimated recoveries, representing an increase of  47 individuals within the previous seven days.

As of Wednesday, 43,626 Rockwall County residents had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, an increase of 12,851 vaccinations during the previous week.

The office reported that 15 people were listed in Rockwall County hospitals due to the virus, two less than one week earlier. Three people were in the ICU, unchanged from the previous week.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported that as of Wednesday, 52.6% of Rockwall County residents aged 16 or older had received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 31.04% being fully vaccinated.

The state agency’s report indicated that 79.81% of those residents in Rockwall County aged 65 and above had received at least the first dose of the vaccine, with 64.14% of the older population having been fully vaccinated as of Wednesday.

There had been 154 deaths reported in Rockwall County due to COVID-19 as of Wednesday, one more than one week earlier and an increase of three deaths in two weeks.

Numbers of those vaccinated in Rockwall County and in each county across the state is available online at https://tinyurl.com/29mgxxan

The local agencies which are reporting supplies of the vaccines in stock in Rockwall and Hunt counties is available at https://vaccinefinder.org/search/

The vaccine is now available to anyone age 18 and over. No one under age 16 will be vaccinated.

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