Hospitalization rate above 15% for 23 days straight for region that includes Smith, Gregg counties

Hospitalization rate above 15% for 23 days straight for region that includes Smith, Gregg counties
Piney Woods RAC (Source: Department of State Health Services)

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The COVID-19 hospitalization rates have remained above 15 percent of total capacity for the hospitals in the trauma service area that includes Smith and Gregg counties for 23 days straight.

According to Wednesday’s report, the hospitalization rate for Trauma Service Area G rose to 21.58 percent.

On Tuesday, the hospitalization rate for Trauma Service Area G was 21.32 percent, which was up from the 20.58 percent reported on Monday.

TSA Area G hit the seven-day mark on Dec. 21, and as a result, some businesses have been required to scale back to opening at 50-percent of their capacity. Other businesses may be required to close.

The last time that TSA G was below 15-percent was on Dec. 14, when the area’s hospitalization rate was at 14.26 percent.

Counties included in Trauma Service Area G include Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Houston, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Shelby, Smith, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood.

Trauma Service Area F, which includes the city of Paris, has been above 15 percent for 11 days; today, that area is at 18.93 percent.

Counties included in Trauma Service Area F include Lamar, Delta, Hopkins, Red River, Titus, Morris, Bowie, and Cass.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Sept. 17 that counties could reopen businesses to 75 percent capacity and allow the resumption of elective surgeries. Bars were also allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity. However, counties in Trauma Service Areas with over 15 percent COVID-19 hospitalizations for seven consecutive days would be excluded from that reopening.

To go back to 75 percent capacity, the rate needs to be below 15 percent for seven-straight days.

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