TSA that includes Smith, Gregg counties sees hospitalization rate above 15% 28 days

TSA that includes Smith, Gregg counties sees hospitalization rate above 15% 28 days
Piney Woods RAC (Source: Department of State Health Services)

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The trauma service area that includes Smith and Gregg counties has now had a hospitalization rate of more than 15 percent of its hospitals’ total capacity for 28 days in a row.

On Monday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported that the hospitalization rate at 24.33 percent on Sunday. The day before, the hospitalization rate was 25.43 percent.

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 15 days straight. On Monday, TSA F’s hospitalization rate was at 22.01 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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