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Deep East Texas hospitalization rate above 15% for 17 straight days

Only 10 ICU beds available throughout Area H
Area H
Area H(KTRE)
Updated: Jan. 7, 2021 at 3:43 PM CST
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - It has now been 17 days since the Trauma Service Area that includes Angelina and Nacogdoches counties has been below 15 percent of its hospitals’ total capacity.

On Thursday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported that the hospitalization rate for Trauma Service Area H was at 25 percent. Only 10 ICU beds remain available for the entirety of Area H. However, this does indicated a decline in hospitalizations, which were noted as being at 29.68 percent yesterday.

The last time that TSA H was below the 15-percent threshold was on Dec. 18.

Counties in the Deep East Texas Trauma Service Area include Angelina, Nacogdoches, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, and Tyler.

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.

For the Deep East Texas TSA to go back to 75 percent capacity, the rate needs to be below 15 percent for seven straight days.

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