Deep East Texas hospitalization rate above 15 percent 19 days in row

Deep East Texas hospitalization rate above 15 percent 19 days in row
Counties in the Deep East Texas TSA include Angelina, Nacogdoches, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, and Tyler. (Source: KTRE)

ANGELINA COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - The trauma service area that includes Angelina and Nacogdoches counties has had a hospitalization rate of higher than 15 percent of its hospitals’ total capacity for 19 days in a row.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported that the hospitalization rate was 26.03 percent on Friday. That rate is higher than the 23.13 percent the state agency reported for Thursday.

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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