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Hospital region including Midland and Odessa drops under 15% COVID-19 capacity to avoid business roll back

Covid-19 occupancy for TSA J was updated late Tuesday night to show that the region has dropped under the 15% threshold

ODESSA, Texas — Update: TSA J has dropped to 12.62% and will avoid a 7 consecutive day streak that would've triggered a roll back on business occupancies.


As the vaccine rollout continues, the future is looking brighter regarding COVID-19.

During a Unified Command Meeting for Midland County on January 12, officials reiterated we aren't out of the water yet.

"Our city is doing a great job, our numbers are good, although there's some not necessarily great news about the region, here in Midland, we're doing a great job because our citizens are taking the matter seriously, and our businesses are doing a great job," said Mayor Patrick Payton.

The region Mayor Payton was referring to is Trauma Service Area J, one of 22 regions grouped across Texas by the Department of State Health Services.

Region J includes 17 counties including Ector and Midland.

Credit: Texas Department of State Health Services

It's within that region that the total number of COVID-19 patients is divided by a total number of operation hospital beds, which contrives our COVID occupancy Rate per the Governor's standard.

Since January 9, Region J has been over 15%.

Ector County is having a harder time right now, while Midland County is seeing some success.

Ector has been over 19% for seven days and reached 23% Monday.

While Midland has remained under 15% for six out of the last six days.

In fact, Region J would be well under 15% without Ector county's numbers.