TYLER, Texas (KETK) – East Texas set a new record for COVID-19 hospitalizations.
As of Sept. 5, there were 820 people in the hospital due to COVID-19 in the G-trauma services area, according to the Texas State Department of Health Services.
This area includes the following counties:
Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Houston, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Shelby, Smith, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood.
The population of the region is approximately 968,611.
Over the past 12 days, 85 more people have been hospitalized for COVID-19.
Hospitalizations have increased slightly last week for TSA G. The rate has risen from 28.84% to 29.23%.
The H trauma service area, which includes the Deep East Texas area, has seen a drop in hospitalizations over the past seven days. The rate decreased from 33.15% to 30.67%.
Currently, 13,545 Texans are hospitalized with COVID-19 and 4,400 people have died in the state in the past month due to the virus, The Texas Tribune said.
Some East Texas schools have also had to close their doors recently after staff and students fell ill with COVID-19. School districts have also implemented more mask mandates.
Health officials are still contacting communities to increase vaccination rates, as it is prevents hospitalizations and death.