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COVID-19 hospitalizations top 15% in Lubbock's region

The City of Lubbock has confirmed 282 new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths as of 4:00 p.m. The total number of cases in Lubbock County is 15,908 with 2,488 listed as active, 13,263 listed as recovered, and 157 related deaths.

According to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, Lubbock's regional hospitalization rate exceeded 15% today. COVID hospitalizations now make up 15.83% of total hospital capacity in Region B. This is a threshold local and state government are closely following.

From the City of Lubbock:

As of 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2020, the City of Lubbock confirmed 282 new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and two recoveries. The total number of cases in Lubbock County is 15,908: 2,488 active, 13,263 listed as recovered and 157 deaths. 

Executive Order GA-32 allows certain venues to reopen at 75% capacity and allows certain counties to resume elective surgeries. Counties within Trauma Service Areas with high COVID-19 hospitalizations are excluded from these reopenings. Executive Order GA-32 defines high hospitalizations as at least 15 percent of a hospital’s total capacity being used for COVID-19 hospitalized patients for seven consecutive days. DSHS updated its dashboard to reflect the changes implemented with Executive Order GA-32. The City of Lubbock will be reporting the hospitalization rate as reflected on the DSHS dashboard.