Bowie County COVID-19 hospitalizations under 15 percent; elective surgeries to resume, bars & restaurants capacity to increase

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A man wearing a mask to protect against the spread of COVID-19 passes a sign requiring masks at a restaurant, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in San Antonio. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared masks or face coverings must be worn in public across most of the state as local officials across the state say their hospitals are becoming increasingly stretched and are in danger of becoming overrun as cases of the coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

TEXARKANA — The Texas State Department of Health says COVID-19 hospitalizations in Trauma Service Area F have remained under 15% capacity for at least seven straight days. As a result, elective surgeries can resume, and the capacity for restaurants and bars can increase.

According to Executive Order GA-32, which Governor Greg Abbott signed on Oct. 27, 2020, TSA F, no longer meets the definition of a high hospitalization area, “and so may reopen to the higher levels allowable under GA-32,” according to a statement from the City of Texarkana, Texas.

The TSA F includes Bowie, Cass, Delta, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River, and Titus Counties.

The state department of health says there were 122 new cases of coronavirus in Bowie County since Jan. 28 for a total of 4,290 positive cases since the entire pandemic began over a year ago. As of those numbers from more than a week ago, there are currently 453 active cases in the county.