Public advised to wear masks, social distance to keep hospitalization rates down

VICTORIA, Texas – There are 554 hospital beds in total across Victoria, Goliad, Lavaca, DeWitt, Calhoun, and Jackson counties.

Data collected by the Golden Crescent Regional Advisory Council shows 234 of those beds are full and 320 are available, as of Dec. 3, 2020. The most recent hospitalization rates show Victoria is at 14.6%, as of Thursday evening. 

This is compared to other cities across the state with the highest rates, which include Amarillo at 36.5%, Lubbock at 29.6%, El Paso at 34%, and Laredo at 27.8%, as of Thursday evening.

It’s important to know this because per the governor’s order that was issued earlier this fall if an area is above the 15% threshold for seven consecutive days, that means bars that don’t have a food and beverage permit issued by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission must close.  Restaurants are required to reduce dine-in capacities back to 50%. 

“The data changes every day, there will be times, even when we had to initially meet below the 15 percent threshold for those seven consecutive days and we would be so close, you’d almost be at Day No. 6 where you need one more and then we would have a spike and so we would have to start all over again and so it’s something that’s really hard to gauge,” said Melinda Fox, Golden Crescent Regional Advisory Council vice-chair. 

Health experts suggest wearing a mask and practicing social distancing to keep rates down and businesses open. 

To see the latest data and counts related to COVID-19, go here.