Very good news as far as Coronavirus hospitalization rates in this region. The Texas Department of State Health Services says that our numbers have dropped to the point that certain businesses – including restaurants - can now increase from 50% capacity to 75% capacity.

Here in “Trauma Service Area R”, that includes Jasper and Newton County, along with Jefferson, Hardin, Orange, Liberty, Chambers, Galveston, and Brazoria Counties.

Meanwhile, bars can reopen to 50% capacity and also elective surgeries can resume.

The change is due to this region’s Coronavirus hospitalization rate dipping below 15% over the last seven day period.

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