Hospitalization rates remain above 15% for 24 days for region including counties of Smith, Gregg

Hospitalization rates remain above 15% for 24 days for region including counties of Smith, Gregg
Piney Woods RAC (Source: Department of State Health Services)

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The COVID-19 hospitalization rates have remained above 15 percent of total capacity for the hospitals in the trauma service area that includes Smith and Gregg counties for 24 days straight.

According to Thursday’s report, the hospitalization rate for Trauma Service Area G rose to 23.06 percent and 23 ICU beds are available.

On Wednesday, the hospitalization rate for Trauma Service Area G was 21.58 percent, which was up from the 21.32 percent reported on Tuesday.

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 12 days; today, that area is at 20.32 up from 18.93 percent on Wednesday. There are four ICU beds available for Area F.

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