LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - It has now been 18 days since the Trauma Service Area that includes Angelina and Nacogdoches counties has been below 15 percent of its hospitals’ total capacity.
The Texas Department of State Health Services reports that the hospitalization rate for Trauma Service Area H is at 23.1% Friday, a decline from Thursday, when it was at 25 percent.
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.