North Texas COVID-19 Hospitalization Rate Eclipses Abbotts Threshold for 2nd Straight Day – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

There are already five Trauma Service Areas that have gone beyond 15% capability for 7 or more days– the regions focused around Amarillo, Lubbock, El Paso, Midland-Odessa and Laredo.

The North Texas Trauma Service Area was at 14.87% Thursday, previously reaching 15.05% Friday and 15.63% Saturday.

Other areas that had been above 15% for at least one day on Saturday were focused around San Angelo, Texarkana, Victoria and Waco. Meanwhile, regions near Abilene, Beaumont, College Station and Tyler were all above 14%.

Per Abbotts executive order, which entered into effect Oct. 14, if the variety of people hospitalized with COVID-19 exceeds 15% of all clients in a designated Trauma Service Area for seven straight days, bars will be forced to close and all other companies must reduce capability from 75% to 50%.

While some private counties in TSA E went beyond 15% before Friday, the seven-day count does not start until the entire area exceeds the number.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area remains in Trauma Service Area E, that includes 19 counties: Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise.

For the second successive day, the percentage of clients hospitalized with COVID-19 in North Texas rose above 15% Saturday– the mark set by Gov. Greg Abbott that would set off a rollback of relaxed limitations.

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