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Hospital region for county now over COVID threshold

December 30, 2020 - 00:00
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Hospital region TSA Q, which includes Colorado County, is now above the 15 percent threshold for coronavirus patients.

The summary for the Dec. 24-28 reporting period for Colorado County reports 42 New Cases, 42 recoveries, and one in-patient hospitalization.

The 14 day new case count for Colorado County is 120, and the TSA Q hospital capacity is 15.17 percent.

There were 16 new cases, 17 recoveries reported in the Dec. 21 coronavirus report for the county. At that reporting, the 14-day new case count was 100 and the TSA Q hospital capacity was 11.78 percent.

In the Dec. 23 report for Colorado County, there were 13 new cases and 13 recoveries reported. The 14-day new case count was 112 and the TSA Q hospital capacity was 12.27 percent.

If the percentage of COVID-19 patients in a hospital region exceeds 15 percent for seven consecutive days, many businesses in the region would be ordered to reduce capacity to 50 percent, and Bars with a TABC 51 percent Red License would be ordered to close in accordance with Gov. Greg Abbott’s statewide orders.

The number of people hospitalized statewide for COVID-19 was reported to be at record level Dec. 28, having exceeded the previous highs reported this summer. Regions that include Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Laredo and their surrounding areas have all seen increases in hospitalizations. Meanwhile, health care workers have started receiving COVID-19 vaccinations and older Texans will be next in line.

TSA-S has fifth day over 15 percent threshold

Lavaca County reported Dec. 28 that Hospital region TSA-S remains above the 15 percent threshold for the fifth consecutive day on Monday. Trauma Service Area-S, which consists of Victoria, Goliad, DeWitt, Lavaca, Jackson and Calhoun counties, reported 18.6 percent of available hospital beds in the area were occupied by COVID-19 patients, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services Public Health Region 8. The area had 186 available hospital beds and 101 Lab Confirmed COVID-19 hospitalized patients.

COVID vaccine info

Doses of the COVID-19 vaccine began arriving in Texas the second week of December, however, the limited supply is reserved for front-line workers and those at the highest risk.

State officials have said that older people and other people with qualifying health conditions will be next in line to receive the vaccine.

According to reports from Texas Tribune, Texas is currently in Phase 1A of its vaccine distribution. Only front-line health care workers and long-term care residents and staff are eligible to receive doses of the vaccine at this time.Phase 1B will prioritize Texans who are 65 years and older and people who are at least 16 with a qualifying health condition that puts them at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, qualifying conditions include, but are not limited to:

CancerChronic kidney diseaseChronic obstructive pulmonary diseaseHeart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathySolid organ transplantationObesity and severe obesityPregnancySickle cell diseaseType 2 diabetes mellitus.

It’s expected to be at least a few weeks before the state begins offering doses of the vaccine to the elderly and chronically ill. And even then, supplies will be limited.

There are about 1.9 million eligible Texans in Phase 1A, which is more than the state’s current allocation of 1.4 million doses through the end of the month. That means the state is still focusing its current resources on vaccinating health care workers and nursing home residents.

For more information on where you can get the COVID-19 vaccines, check with your healthcare provider.