ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – Trauma Service Area J has officially fallen below the 15 percent hospitalization threshold.
According to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services, Area J was above 15 percent Jan. 9 and Jan. 10. However, that number fell below the line on Monday at 13 percent, resetting the count for the Permian Basin.
Per Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive order, any trauma service area that rises above the 15 percent hospitalization threshold for seven days would have to restrict capacity at businesses from 75 percent to 50 percent.
Dr. Rohith Saravanan said Tuesday that the number ebbs and flows from week-to-week and some calculation changes may have impacted that number.
Medical Center Hospital CEO Russell Tippin said Tuesday morning they had seen a slight increase in their COVID hospitalizations. However, over at Midland Memorial Hospital, Dr. Larry Wilson said their numbers were down to a point that had not seen in many weeks, so the rise for the area came as a surprise for him.
“That was a little bit of a surprise to me as well because I’m most attentive to what I’m seeing happing in our own hospital and looking at the admission through our emergency department, the number of people we have in house, the test positivity rate that we have through our organization and all of those have been trending positively over the last four or five days,” Dr. Wilson said Tuesday morning.
While we are out of the woods, for now, Dr. Saravanan encouraged communities in Trauma Service Area J to continue the preventative measures that would keep that number down as the vaccine is rolled out.
“I hope we can control our hospitalization numbers not just for the sake of the businesses but for the sake of the hospitals and the community as well,” he said. “So please do what you can to try to prevent the spread of the disease.”