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The COVID-19 hospitalization rate in the Longview and Tyler region reached its lowest level since October with newly released state data Monday.

COVID-19 patients on Sunday, the latest day for which data was available, accounted for 9.24 percent of hospital capacity in the Trauma Service Region G, Texas Department of State Health Services data showed. It was the 24th consecutive day the rate was lower than 15 percent.

According to state data, Sunday’s percentage in Region G is the lowest since Oct. 30 when it measured 9.15 percent.

The lower rates come after a hospitalization rate of less than 15 percent for seven consecutive days on Feb. 5 triggered a rollback on business restrictions in the region that were set Dec. 20 after the rate surpassed 15 percent for a week straight. The rate hit a high Jan. 9 at 25.43 percent amid 46 straight days of rates higher than 15 percent.

The counties that make up the trauma service area are Gregg, Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Franklin, Freestone, Harrison, Henderson, Houston, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Shelby, Smith, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood.

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services was reporting Monday that Panola County had an estimated 128 active cases. Cumulatively, the county has seen 934 confirmed cases, 536 probable cases, 62 deaths and an estimated 1,280 recoveries.

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