Active cases in Hockley County rise above 250; city scales back reopenings

The Department of State Health Services reported 51 new cases in Hockley County Friday and 22 new cases of COVID-19 Monday. Hockley County Judge Baldridge said with the new reports, the county now has a total 623 confirmed cases including 355 recoveries, 10 deaths and 258 active cases.

Of the cases reported Friday, 42 new cases were residents at Lynwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and nine were Levelland residents. The age ranges of the residents of the nursing facility included three cases between the ages of 50 and 60 years old, four cases between the ages of 60 and 70 years old, 12 cases between the ages of 70 and 80 years old, 21 cases between the ages of 80 and 90 years old, and two cases between the ages of 90 and 100 years old.

Of the Levelland residents, the age ranges include two cases between the ages of zero and 10 years old, two cases between the ages 20 and 30 years old, one case between the ages of 30 and 40 years old, one case between the ages of 40 and 50 years old, and three cases between the ages of 50 and 60 years old.

Monday, Hockley County Judge Sharla Baldridge reported DSHS had confirmed 22 new cases of COVID-19.

Of those new cases, 20 cases were Levelland residents, one case involved an Anton resident and one case involved a Ropesville resident.

The age ranges of the Levelland cases included: one resident between the ages of zero and 20, one resident between 20 and 30, four residents between the ages of 30 and 40, four residents between the ages of 30 and 40, four residents between the ages of 40 and 50, one resident between the ages of 50 and 60, five residents between the ages of 60 and 70, one resident between the ages of 80 and 90, and one resident between the ages of 90 and 100 years old.

The age of the Anton resident is between the ages of 90 and 100 years old and the age of the Ropesville resident is between the ages of 60 and 70 years old.

Late this afternoon, Levelland City Manager Erik Rejino announced the city will be rolling back reopenings, per the executive order by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, GA-32, as it falls into Trauma Service Area B.

He said with the regional hospitalization rate exceeding 15 percent for more than seven consecutive days, the city would now be scaling back reopenings per executive order GA-32.

The full news release is as follows:

“The City of Levelland and Hockley County are part of the 22 county Trauma Service Area (TSA) B as designated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). At this time TSA B has hit seven consecutive days where the percentage of COVID-19 patients in regional hospitals as a percentage of available hospital beds has exceeded 15 percent.

In Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-32, after seven consecutive days of exceeding the 15 percent threshold, certain re-openings will be scaled back. As a result, effective October 26, 2020, all restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms and exercise facilities and classes, museums, and all libraries are required to return a maximum 50 percent occupancy level.

In addition, all licensed hospitals in the TSA B are required to discontinue elective surgeries as set forth in Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-31. Once the TSA B has had seven consecutive days in which the number of hospitalized patients as a percentage of hospital capacity is 15 percent or less these additional restrictions will be lifted. Bars may be required to close per GA-32. The City of Levelland is waiting on additional guidance from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) regarding bars.

For more information you may call 894-0113.”

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