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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott limits elective surgeries in half the state to expand hospital capacity

New order suspends elective surgeries in counties surrounding San Antonio due to COVID-19 surge

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Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday issued a new proclamation aimed at expanding hospital capacity in half of the state’s trauma service areas as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in much of the state.

The proclamation suspends elective surgeries in hospitals in all of the counties within 11 of the state’s 22 trauma service areas.

Elective surgeries were already suspended in Bexar, Cameron, Dallas, Harris, Hidalgo, Nueces, Travis, and Webb counties.

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The new proclamation now includes all of the counties within TSA P, which is the trauma service area that Bexar County falls under including Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, La Salle, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Wilson, and Zavala counties.

“The State of Texas continues to implement strategies to help ensure ample supply of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients,” said Governor Abbott. “By expanding this directive to include the counties within these 11 TSAs, we are freeing up more resources to address upticks in COVID-19 related cases. The State of Texas will continue to do everything we can to mitigate the spread of this virus and support our hospitals and health care professionals as they care for their fellow Texans. We must all come together and continue to practice social distancing, wear a face covering in public, and stay home when possible.”

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The following counties are included in the governor’s latest proclamation:

  • All counties within TSA J—Andrews, Brewster, Crane, Ector, Glasscock, Howard, Jeff Davis, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward, and Winkler counties;
  • All counties within TSA K—Coke, Concho, Crockett, Irion, Kimble, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Reagan, Runnels, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton, and Tom Green counties;
  • All counties within TSA M—Bosque, Falls, Hill, Limestone, and McLennan counties;
  • All counties within TSA O that are not already covered by Executive Order GA-27—Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, San Saba, and Williamson counties;
  • All counties within TSA P that are not already covered by Executive Order GA-27—Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, La Salle, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Wilson, and Zavala counties;
  • All counties within TSA Q that are not already covered by Executive Order GA-27—Austin, Colorado, Fort Bend, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties;
  • All counties within TSA R—Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, and Orange counties;
  • All counties within TSA S—Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, and Victoria counties;
  • All counties within TSA T that are not already covered by Executive Order GA-27—Jim Hogg and Zapata counties;
  • All counties within TSA U that are not already covered by Executive Order GA-27—Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, McMullen, Refugio, and San Patricio counties; and
  • All counties within TSA V that are not already covered by Executive Order GA-27—Starr and Willacy counties.
Map shows the Trauma Service Areas in Texas. Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) are the administrative bodies responsible for trauma system oversight in each TSA.
Map shows the Trauma Service Areas in Texas. Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) are the administrative bodies responsible for trauma system oversight in each TSA. (Texas Health and Human Services)

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