A North Rockwall emergency room is temporarily closing due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 patients in the region.
Texas Health Hospital North ER announced the effective closure at midnight Friday to “allow members of the medical team to travel to our hospital’s main campus on Horizon Road, where they will provide pandemic-related care.”
The emergency room closure, located at 2265 North Lakeshore Drive, is the second such temporary closure in North Texas on Friday.
A Hunt County emergency room also closed temporarily on Friday as its staff moved to Hunt County’s largest hospital in Greenville to help COVID-19 patients.
The Rockwall Emergency Room has advised anyone in an emergency to call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room and get to the nearest emergency care facility. close by for minor emergencies.
The number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and the positivity rate in Texas have increased dramatically over the past two weeks, reaching levels not reached since February.
W. Stephen Love, president and CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, said there were 1,979 COVID-19 patients in North Texas hospitals on Thursday, with nearly a third of all patients in care intensive people having COVID-19.
UT Southwestern’s latest COVID-19 forecast, released Friday, predicts an increase in hospitalizations linked to the virus that could exceed peaks seen in January by the end of this month if behaviors do not change.
Texas Health Resources joined with other Texas hospital groups in making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for all employees and, like the flu vaccine, a condition of employment on July 30.