BREAKING NEWS COVID-19 Hospitalizations for Trauma Service Area B Triggers Occupancy Pull-Backs
Sunday, October 25, 2020, Trauma Service Area (TSA) B, which includes Lubbock, hit seven consecutive days where the percentage of COVID-19 confirmed patients in regional hospitals as a percentage of available hospital beds exceeded 15%. Per Governor Abbott’s Executive Orders (EO) 31 and 32, this makes TSA B an area with high hospitalization and certain occupancy pull-backs are triggered. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) will require bars that were opened per EO 32 to close and businesses whose occupancy rates were increased to 75% will be reduced back to 50%. The occupancy reduction will primarily impact restaurants, amusements, libraries, event centers and other businesses not listed under the CISA guidance or covered by other exemptions contained in EO 32. In addition to these closures or occupancy reductions, area hospitals now are subject to other restrictions as found in EO 31, which are primarily related to elective medical procedures.
TSA B will remain under these restrictions until we have seven consecutive days where the percentage of COVID-19 confirmed patients in regional hospitals as a percentage of available hospital beds remains at or below 15%.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) maintains a dashboard with state, regional, and county level COVID-19 statistics and can be found here mylubbock.info/dshs-covid
Local COVID-19 statistics can be found here mylubbock.info/covid