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January 14, 2021 TML Coronavirus Update #165

Posted on January 14, 2021 at 12:50 PM by TML Staff

Urgent Updates


What’s the best source of information about vaccine rollouts in Texas?


The best one-stop location for the state rollout of vaccines is this page on the Department of State Health Services website. It contains a useful overview of the staged rollout plan, where we are in that plan as a state, and sub-links to things like provider location maps and weekly allocation histories. We urge all city officials concerned about vaccines to make themselves familiar with this website.


What’s the latest on counties where businesses can open at only 50 percent capacity versus 75 percent capacity?


Executive order GA-32 was issued by the governor back on October 7, 2020. A key feature of GA-32 is the ability of most facilities (not including bars, which are subject to additional restrictions) to reopen at 75% capacity, unless they are located in a Trauma Service Area (TSA) with high COVID-19 hospitalizations. An "area with high hospitalizations" is defined as "any Trauma Service Area that has had seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID- 19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity exceeds 15 percent, until such time as the Trauma Service Area has seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID- 19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity is 15 percent or less." Hospitalization data by TSA can be found here.


Since we last reported on this issue, and due to recent record hospitalizations, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) updated their GA-32 webpage to add new regions/counties including large metropolitan areas to the list of high COVID-19 hospitalization. In fact, out of 22 TSAs in the state, 18 are listed on the DSHS webpage as having high hospitalizations. Even the four TSAs that are not listed as exceeding the threshold in GA-32 (Wichita Falls, Midland/Odessa, San Angelo, and Corpus Christi) appear, based on the hospitalization data, to have exceeded 15% COVID hospitalizations over the past seven days. It may be a matter of DSHS not yet updating their website to reflect the updated data.


The county judge of a county located within a high-hospitalization TSA may follow an attestation process with DSHS to continue to operate at 75% capacity for certain businesses if there have been fewer than 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the previous 14 days within the county. The affected counties that have submitted an attestation and qualified to continue operating at 75% capacity are listed on the GA-32 webpage linked above.


Further Updates


Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus Updates?


TML Coronavirus Updates are archived by date here and by subject here.