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By Terrence Ates
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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4 Tips for COVID Prevention

Trauma Service Area G (TSA-G), operated by the Piney Woods Regional Advisory Council, includes the counties of Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Houston, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Shelby, Smith, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt. and Wood counties.

Friday January 11th was the 32nd consecutive day in which the percentage of hospitalized COVID-19 patients is above 15 percent. 

Restaurants, department stores, grocery stores, and any company that has customers and visitors come inside their business location are required to decrease the maximum customer capacity of their businesses to 50% or less, as outlined within Texas Governor Greg Abbott's Executive Order GA-32

When there are 7 consecutive days in which the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients as a percentage of hospital capacity returns below 15 percent, businesses can then expand their customer capacity based upon the guidance outlined with Texas Governor Greg Abbott's Executive Order GA-32.

Their website, as does our local weekday updates of COVID statistics in East Texas, clearly state that "All Data is Provisional and Subject to Change" due to continual data that is received on weekends and from COVID-19 cases that occurred in previous days. The webpages for the daily hospitalization statistics are available by clicking here.

Note: If there are 7 consecutive days when the hospitalization percentage is above 15%, and customer capacity at local businesses has to decrease, then there has to be 7 consecutive days of the hospitalization percentage to fall below 15% in order to customer capacity to increase. 

Note: Non-consecutive days do not factor into the increase or decrease in customer capacity, as stated within the signed Executive Order by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.


The “COVID-19 Community Spread Levels” infographic is a visual overview of the 7-Day Rolling Rate of COVID-19.

Positive cases of COVID-19 include rapid tests and PCR tests (Probable and Confirmed cases) among persons who physically live withinthe NET Health Disease Surveillance Division.

The NET Health 7-Day Rolling Rate calculates the average number of all COVID-positive cases from the previous seven days.  That answer is then divided by the population of the county, then multiplied by 100,000, and that final number is the 7-Day Rolling Rate. The numbers within the below infographic relate to persons of any age who tests positive, and that this infographic should not be used as the only base of information for businesses, neighborhoods, school districts, worksites, or cities to consider future decisions. 

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Note: The above calculations do not currently factor in potential cases of reinfections or inmate positive cases as they are in a closed population setting.

Note: The rate number for areas with prisons may be potentially higher if there is undetected crossover spread between outbreaks in inmate/employee populations to the employee/outside-of-prison interactions within the community.

Hyperlinks to the 'Additional References' provided by the Texas Medical Association

TMA Pediatric Symptom Severity Chart and Parental Guide

TMA Decision Tree of COVID Exposure

TMA School Infectious Control Plan

TMA School Nurse Decision Tree

The novel COronaVIrus Disease that first started in 2019 (a.k.a. COVID-19) is named after the crownlike spikes that protrude from its surface.  

Utilize the below hyperlinks as educational resources for your communities about COVID-19:

Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions received by the Northeast Texas Public Health District


What Do You Need to Know About the novel Coronavirus?          Lo Que Necesita Saber Sobre La Enfermedad de COVID-19


Ways To Protect Yourself Against the Coronavirus                        Detenga La Propagacion De Los Microbios


Download the "Clean Hands Protect" vertical poster                      Download the "Clean Hands Protect" horizontal poster


Suggestions for Obtaining Non-Perishable Food Items                  The Correct Way to Wash Your Hands


Downloadable Facts Sheets & Printable Documents from the Texas Department of State Health Services


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