Bowie County COVID-19 hospitalizations force new closures

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gives an update on Texas Hospital bed capacity and the strategy to fight COVID-19 in the state of Texas during a press conference at Texas Department of Public Safety, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Houston. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

TEXARKANA — The Texas Department of State Health Services says that COVID-19 hospitalizations have exceeded 15% of capacity for at least seven days, which will trigger new closures.

According to Executive Order GA-32 signed by governor Greg Abbott, if hospitalizations in Trauma Service Area F have exceeded 15% of capacity for at least seven days, elective procedures must stop, bars must close, and restaurants must operate at 50% capacity until the capacity goes back below 15%.

The order applies to Bowie County. Other counties affected include Cass, Delta, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River and Titus Counties.

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The state department of health reported 220 new COVID-19 cases in Bowie County since Monday, Dec. 27, 2020 for a total of 3,102 positive cases since March 2020 with 124 deaths. There are currently 664 active cases in Bowie County, representing 0.7% of the population countywide. The state department of health would not provide numbers as to how many of the 664 active cases were hospitalized.