Dallas-Fort Worth area bars shut down as COVID-19 hospitalizations increase


DALLAS – On Thursday, bars in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are to close and other businesses are to reduce capacity as the number of hospitalizations linked to the coronavirus continues to rise.

KXAS-TV, a subsidiary of NBC, reported that Thursday marked the seventh day in a row COVID-19 patients in hospitals were above 15%.

This mark is important because it triggers stricter provisions in Executive Order GA-32 from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, which was released in October.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a tweet that once the county figures were updated on Thursday, the region would immediately be subject to a cut in capacity in all non-essential businesses and other protocols defined in the ‘Abbott ordinance.

Harris County, the county that Houston is located in, is in the trauma service area Q. According to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services, TSA Q has a coronavirus hospitalization rate of 10.36 % Thursday. This is the highest for seven days.

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