Brazoria County is located in Trauma Service Area R, which includes several coastal counties. The trauma service area received its high-hospitalization designation from the state because it had seven consecutive days when the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients was over 15% of the total hospital capacity, according to a press release from Brazoria County.
Because of this, all counties in the trauma service area must adhere to the following protocols, according to a Brazoria County press release relaying the governor’s order:
- Businesses operating at 75% capacity may now only operate at 50% capacity.
- Any bar that holds a Texas Alcoholic Beverage permit but is not a restaurant must not offer on-premise services. Bars can only be exempted from this rule if the county they are located in has had 30 or fewer new COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days, the press release stated.
- Hospitals should postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not necessary to correct, prevent or lower the risk of a serious medical condition.