DALLAS ~ Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins is reporting that the state-designated Trauma Service Area that includes Dallas County and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, has reached seven consecutive days where the percentage of COVID-19 confirmed patients in regional hospitals, as a percentage of available hospital beds, exceeded 15 percent.
According to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-32, this makes the greater DFW region an area with high hospitalizations and certain occupancy reductions are automatically triggered by reaching this threshold.
Texas' 254 counties divided into 22 Trauma Service Areas, each with a Regional Advisory Council (RAC) that sets the guidelines for that TSA's trauma care system
Businesses whose occupancy rates were increased to 75 percent in October are immediately reduced back to 50 percent. This includes all restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms and exercise facilities and classes, museums, and libraries in Dallas County and the other counties comprising the area.
In Farmers Branch, City Hall, the Community Recreation Center, Manske Library and other buildings will be operating at 50 percent building capacity. However, citizens can expect full City services to continue unabated at the level to which they are accustomed.
Additionally, and in order to help Farmers Branch businesses, the City will allow temporary signs for the duration of the Governor's Executive orders.
This condition will remain under these restrictions until there are seven consecutive days where the percentage of COVID-19 confirmed patients in regional hospitals as a percentage of available hospital beds is at 15 percent or less.
The Texas Department of State Health Services provides additional information on GA-32 and a list of all affected counties at www.dshs.texas.gov/ga32.
PICTURED: North Central Texas is the state's Trauma Service Area E.