NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - The trauma service area that includes Angelina and Nacogdoches counties saw its hospitalization rate rise above 15 percent of its hospitals’ total capacity on Saturday.
On Saturday, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported that TSA H’s hospitalization was at 15.14 percent. On Friday, the hospitalization rate was at 13.94 percent.
Before the hospitalization rate spiked, TSA H went nine days in a row with its hospitalization rate below 15 percent.
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.