Is my city in “an area with high hospitalizations” so that
restaurants, gyms, libraries, and other establishments can’t open up to 75
percent of the listed occupancy?
Pursuant to GA-30, the governor authorized the following
establishments to re-open to 75 percent occupancy, up from 50 percent, so
long as the establishment is not located in “an area with high
non-CISA retail establishments;
restaurants, defined as “[o]nly restaurants that have less than 51 percent of
their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages, and whose
customers eat or drink only while seated.”
5. museums and
6. gyms and
exercise facilities and classes.
The governor’s office characterizes “an area with high
hospitalizations” as a Trauma Service Area in which the percentage of
hospitalizations due to COVID-19 exceeds 15 percent for seven consecutive
days. Once that happens, a Trauma Service area cannot lose its
high-hospitalization designation until it experiences seven consecutive days
in which the COVID-19 hospitalization rate is 15 percent or less.
At the moment, four Trauma Service Areas (out of 22 total
Trauma Service Areas) are designated as having high hospitalizations, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Those four regions are:
Service Area M (Waco area);
Service Area S (Victoria area);
Service Region T (Laredo area); and
Service Region V (Lower Rio Grande Valley area).
The establishments listed above may only open to 50 percent
occupancy in these four regions, while the same establishments in every other
region of the state may open to 75 percent occupancy. Additionally, pursuant
to GA-31, elective surgeries are postponed in hospitals
within these four regions.
Interested city officials can access up-to-date data on the
hospitalization rate within their Trauma Service Area here (first click on “Combined Hospital Data over Time by
Trauma Service Area (TSA)” and then, within the Excel Spreadsheet, select
“COVID Hospitalizations (%)”).
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Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus Updates?
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