The number of active COVID-19 cases has more than doubled in Rockwall County in a week’s time, with three more deaths attributed to the virus to start 2022.
As the highly contagious omicron variant takes hold here, COVID-19 cases are surging across the region. As residents are rushing to get tested for the virus, a backlog of COVID-19 tests in Fate has resulted in changes to a testing company.
The Rockwall County Office of Emergency Management and the Fate Department of Public Safety announced this week that because of long waits for testing results from All American Testing, a new company, Curative, will take over testing in Fate at the same location. COVID-19 testing also is being continued at the Royse City ISD stadium.
Information on testing, obtaining vaccinations, monoclonal antibody infusion and the status on the number of cases in Rockwall County is available online at https://www.rockwallcountytexas.com/1023/COVID-19-Information.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported on Jan. 3 that there were 1,083 active COVID-19 cases in Rockwall County, compared to 429 one week earlier. There were 293 cases reported Dec. 22 and 254 active cases on Dec. 15.
Rockwall County has reported 14,584 confirmed cumulative COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, 580 more than had been reported the previous week. The county reported 229 COVID-19 deaths, three more than on Dec. 28 and four in the past four weeks.
The county had 17,946 estimated recoveries of the virus, 132 more than one week earlier
Meanwhile, hospitals across North Texas are starting to fill up with COVID-19 patients. TDSH reported that 60.7% of Rockwall County residents 5 and older had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The hospitals in Trauma Service Area E, a 19-county region of North Texas, which includes Rockwall County, reported 2,309 patients were in hospital beds with COVID-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of 1,448 cases since Dec. 28. COVID-19 cases accounted for 30.95% of the 7,460 patients hospitalized statewide.