COVID 19 Hospitalizations Lead to Bar Closures and other Renewed Restrictions

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In the coming days, local bars will be closed, and area restaurants that had been operating at 75% capacity will scale back occupancy to 50% as COVID-19 hospitalizations in Trauma Service Area F have exceeded 15% of capacity for at least seven consecutive days. 

More than 15% of hospital beds in the North Texas area are filled with coronavirus patients on Dec. 3, the seventh consecutive day the region was over that mark, according to the state’s COVID-19 hospitalization dashboard.

Under the governor’s order, bars that had reopened in areas with low hospitalizations would be required to close again. But some bars could avoid having to close if alcoholic beverages make up less than 51% of their total sales, the order states. This triggers automatic business-capacity reductions and bar closures across the area in accordance with an October executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott.

Press Release:

TEXARKANA, TX—Bowie County Judge Bobby Howell received notification Saturday, January 2, 2020 from Dr. John Hellerstedt, Commissioner of Texas Department of State Health Services, notifying him that COVID-19 hospitalizations in Trauma Service Area F have exceeded 15% of capacity for at least seven consecutive days.

According to Executive Order GA-32 signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in October, due to COVID-19 hospitalizations exceeding 15% for at least seven days, elective procedures must stop, bars will close, and restaurants will operate at 50% capacity until COVID-19 hospitalizations remain under 15% capacity for seven consecutive days.

This order applies to all the counties in TSA-F, including Bowie, Cass, Delta, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River and Titus.

Texas DSHS reports 220 new cases in Bowie County since Monday, December 27, 2020 for a total of 3,102 positive COVID-19 cases, with 124 deaths. The Department of State Health Services is reporting 664 active cases currently in Bowie County.

Letter from DHS to Judge Howell:

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