For the second successive day, the percentage of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in North Texas rose above 15% Saturday– the mark set by Gov. Greg Abbott that would trigger a rollback of relaxed constraints.
The Dallas-Fort Worth location 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.
Other areas that had actually been above 15% for at least one day on Saturday were centered around San Angelo, Texarkana, Victoria and Waco. Areas near Abilene, Beaumont, College Station and Tyler were all above 14%.
The North Texas Trauma Service Area was at 14.87% Thursday, before climbing to 15.05% Friday and 15.63% Saturday.
Per Abbotts executive order, which went into effect Oct. 14, if the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 exceeds 15% of all patients in a designated Trauma Service Area for 7 straight days, bars will be required to close and all other organizations should decrease capacity from 75% to 50%.
While some specific counties in TSA E went beyond 15% prior to Friday, the seven-day count does not begin until the entire region surpasses the number.
There are currently five Trauma Service Areas that have exceeded 15% capacity for seven or more days– the regions centered around Amarillo, Lubbock, El Paso, Midland-Odessa and Laredo.