East Texas hospitals have few ICU beds available as COVID-19 hospitalizations remain high


TYLER, Texas (KETK) – East Texas hospitals have a low number of ICU beds available as COVID-19 hospitalizations remain above 15%.

As of Thursday, East Texas has 32 ICU beds available and Deep East Texas has 8 ICU beds for patients.

Slightly more than 19% of hospitalized patients in East Texas are battling COVID-19 and around 22% of hospitalized patients in southern East Texas counties have COVID-19, according to the latest information from the state health department.

The East Texas Trauma Service area G remained over the 20% mark for 11 straight days after Jan. 3rd. However, it went below 20% on Thursday.

East Texas – Trauma Service Area G

The state health department defines a part of East Texas as Trauma Service Area G. It includes Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Houston, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Shelby, Smith, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood counties.

On Thursday, the percentage of patients in upper East Texas being treated for COVID-19 was 19.88% as a total of all hospital beds available.

The rate has been above 15% for 30 days shows information from the state health department. The area also broke a record on Jan. 9 when the rate increased to 25.43%. This was the highest it has been in 2021.

Information about TSA-G’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate is below:

  • Jan. 3: 20.58%
  • Jan. 4: 21.32%  
  • Jan. 5: 21.58%
  • Jan. 6: 22.06%
  • Jan. 7: 21.48%
  • Jan. 8: 21.08%
  • Jan. 9: 25.43%
  • Jan. 10: 24.33%
  • Jan. 11: 21.4%
  • Jan. 12: 20.73%
  • Jan. 13: 20.18%
  • Jan. 14: 19.88%

NET Health is reporting that substantial COVID-19 spread is taking place. This means there is uncontrolled transmission of the contagious virus.

Deep East Texas – Trauma Service Area H

In Deep East Texas, known as Trauma Service Area H, the hospitalization rate is even higher. On Thursday, this was 22.05%. The previous day it was 27.45%, which was the highest percentage of hospitalized patients that there has been in the last nine days and the second highest in the last 12 days.

Jan. 5 marked the highest hospitalization rate ever for the area at 29.68%, which dropped sharply the following day by almost 5%.

In this group are Angelina, Nacogdoches, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto and Tyler counties.

Information about TSA-H’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate is below:

  • Jan. 3: 28.06%
  • Jan. 4: 26.70%  
  • Jan. 5: 29.68%
  • Jan. 6: 25%
  • Jan. 7: 23.13%
  • Jan. 8: 26.03%
  • Jan. 9: 26.53%
  • Jan. 10: 22.99%
  • Jan. 11: 26.01%
  • Jan. 12: 23.88%
  • Jan. 13: 27.45%
  • Jan. 14: 22.05%

Because the rate is above 15%, many businesses must continue to operate at no more than 50% capacity and some businesses, such as bars, must remain closed.

The East Texas health district is using its Facebook page to conduct a public service campaign using elected officials speaking on the importance of social distancing and other efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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