Erath County back to 50% occupancy, bar closures as COVID-19 hospitalizations reach threshold

E-T Staff Report
Judge Alfonso Campos

Erath County Judge Alfonso Campos on Tuesday issued a letter stating he had received notice from the Department of State Health and Human Services that Trauma Service Area E, which includes Erath County, has exceeded the 15% hospital capacity for at least seven consecutive days, a limit set by Gov. Greg Abbott's Executive Order GA-32.

"As a result, effective immediately, all restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms and exercise facilities and classes, museums and libraries in all counties in Trauma Service Area E are required to return to maximum 50% occupancy levels, except in any county that separately qualifies for the greater occupancy levels because it has minimal cases of COVID-19  under the Department of State Health Services attestation process," states the announcement from Campos.

Counties included in Trauma Service Area E include: Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Hood, Johnson, Navarro, Parker, Somervell, Wise, Cooke, Denton, Erath, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Palo Pinto, Rockwall and Tarrant.

"Hospitals in the Trauma Service Area are required to discontinue elective surgeries," the letter states.

Additionally, Erath County had previously filed a certification form with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and opted to open bars and similar establishments in the county. Because Erath County is located within a high hospitalization trauma service area, bars will have to close.

As of Thursday, Dec. 10, Erath County has seen an increase of 32 cases, according to a report from the county emergency management office.

Of those cases, 14 are in Stephenville, six in Dublin and 12 in the county.

Erath County has seen 1,934 total cases with 406 active. Of those, 1,506 are listed as recovered, and 22 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19, the report states.

Of the total cases, 132 have been among those ages 0-12 years old; 293 cases among those 13-19 years old; and 510 cases among those 20-29 years old.

In the 30- to 39-year-old age group, there have been 236 cases; 512 in the 40-64 age group; and 243 in the 65 and older age group. For eight of the confirmed cases, the age of those affected is unknown.

Currently, there are 87 Erath County individuals hospitalized due to COVID-19, according to the report.

For more information or questions, contact the Erath County Judge's office at (254) 965-1452 or (254) 965-1415.