Bowie County Judge Bobby Howell received notification Saturday, January 2, 2020, from Dr John Hellerstedt, Commissioner of Texas Department of State Health Services, notifying him that COVID-19 hospitalizations in Trauma Service Area F have exceeded 15% of capacity for at least seven consecutive days. What does that mean? Bars have to close again and restaurants are back to 50% occupancy.

According to Executive Order GA-32 signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in October, due to COVID-19 hospitalizations exceeding 15% for at least seven days, elective procedures must stop, bars will close, and restaurants will operate at 50% capacity until COVID-19 hospitalizations remain under 15% capacity for seven consecutive days.

This order applies to all the counties in TSA-F, including Bowie, Cass, Delta, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River and Titus.

Texas DSHS reports 220 new cases in Bowie County since Monday, December 27, 2020 for a total of 3,102 positive COVID-19 cases, with 124 deaths. The Department of State Health Services is reporting 664 active cases currently in Bowie County.

If you are a business owner, you might want to read through EO-GA-32 again to see if this affects your business as well.

We received this Press Release on Sunday, January 3, 2021 and are under the assumption that this is to begin immediately, until further notice.

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