Medical tent

Texas Health Rockwall worked with the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council to construct a medical tent Monday on the hospital’s main campus.

ents were established this week outside of a Rockwall County emergency room, to help deal with the recent COVID-19 surge, as the county recorded another death attributed to the virus.

Texas Health Rockwall worked with the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council to construct a medical tent Monday on the hospital’s main campus. The self-contained, climate-controlled shelter was designed to support care for patients in a safe, clean environment. The Rockwall Fire Department, Rockwall CERT and EastTex Regional CERT also assisted with the effort.

Cindy Perrin, the hospital’s president, said the move was necessary after closing the ER.

“We do want to clarify that it is an emergency room (not a hospital) on the north side of Rockwall that we temporarily closed,” Perrin said in a statement. “The reason is that we could consolidate all resources (supplies and staffing) from the north Rockwall location to the main hospital. Typically, the north Rockwall ER is not as busy as the main hospital ER; however, regardless of patient volume, we still had to keep it fully stocked and staffed in all areas including environmental services, radiology, registration and nursing around the clock.”

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported that as of Wednesday morning Rockwall County had 10,340 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 315 more than had been reported one week earlier with 2,846 probable cases, 135 more than on August 4.

The county reported its 160th COVID-19 death, the first attributed to the virus in several weeks.

The county had 12,741 estimated recoveries of the virus, 395 more than one week earlier.

There were 398 active cases of the virus reported in Rockwall County Wednesday, 65 more than had been recorded August 4.

The surge in COVID-19 cases continues across the region.

The hospitals in Trauma Service Area E, a 19-county region of North Texas, which includes Rockwall County, reported 2,355 patients were in hospital beds with COVID-19 as of Monday, which accounted for 23.45% of the 10,041 patients hospitalized due to the virus across Texas.

The hospitals in Trauma Service Area E reported that as of Monday, 15.2% of all hospitalized patients in the region were due to COVID-19.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported Wednesday that 63.37% of the Rockwall County population 12 years and older had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, with 52.14% being fully vaccinated.

The state agency said 89.58% of the Rockwall County population 65 and older had received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 79.91% being fully vaccinated.

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

Multiple locations in Rockwall have doses of the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines available, with a list online at https://www.vaccines.gov/search/

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