Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order #28 limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state.
The order includes the following:
· All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM today. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
· Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
· Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
· Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
Confirmed Positive Cases of COVID-19 in North Texas
18,538 in Dallas County (403 are new) & 334 deaths (6 are new)
10,363 in Tarrant County (517 are new) & 218 deaths (3 are new) (4,771 recovered)
2,494 in Denton County (77 are new) & 37 deaths (0 new) (1,097 recovered)
2,486 in Collin County (37 are new) & 40 deaths (1 is new) (1,384 recovered)
684 in Ellis County & 19 deaths
276 in Rockwall County & 16 deaths
490 in Kaufman County & 4 deaths
To view a chart showing how the cases have increased over time, please see the City of Dallas dashboard here.
Here are the bed and ventilator capacity statistics for today as reported by 25 hospitals in the City of Dallas:
Total beds: 6083
Beds occupied: 4223 (69%)
Total ICU beds: 942
ICU beds occupied: 682 (72%)
Total ventilators: 959
Ventilators in use: 336 (35%)
The full table and other key COVID-19 related data for the State of Texas can be found here.
Please let us know if you need assistance locating additional sources of PPE.
Let’s close out the month strong and be safe.
C. Brent Franks
North Texas Automobile Dealers
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