COVID-19 rate at 17%, 38 days above threshold for Tyler/Longview-area hospitals

COVID-19 rate at 17%, 38 days above threshold for Tyler/Longview-area hospitals
Trauma Service Area A (Piney Woods RAC) (Source: Courtesy photo)

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - For the past 38 days, the trauma service area that includes Smith and Gregg counties have had a COVID-19 hospitalization rate of more than 15 percent of its hospitals’ total capacity.

On Thursday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported a hospitalization rate of 17.01 percent, which is down from the number posted Wednesday. Wednesday, the hospitalization rate was at 19.55 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 22 days straight. On Thursday, TSA F’s hospitalization rate was at 18.09 percent.

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

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