Executive Order GA-34

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Executive Order GA-34 (Effective on March 10, 2021)

On March 2, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 to provide that, in all counties not in an area with high hospitalizations:

  1. there are no COVID-19-related operating limits for any business or other establishment; and
  2. individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household, but no person may be required by any jurisdiction to wear or to mandate the wearing of a face covering.

In counties that reside in Trauma Service Areas (TSAs) with high COVID-19 hospitalizations,

  1. there are no state-imposed COVID-19-related operating limits for any business or other establishment;
  2. there is no state-imposed requirement to wear a face covering; and
  3. the county judge may use COVID-19-related mitigation strategies; provided, however, that:
    1. business and other establishments may not be required to operate at less than 50 percent of total occupancy, with no operating limits allowed to be imposed for religious services (including those conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship), public and private schools and institutions of higher education, and child-care services;
    2. no jurisdiction may impose confinement in jail as a penalty for violating any order issued in response to COVID-19; and
    3. no jurisdiction may impose a penalty of any kind for failure to wear a face covering or failure to mandate that customers or employees wear face coverings, except that a legally authorized official may act to enforce trespassing laws and remove violators at the request of a business establishment or other property owner.

High Hospitalization Areas under GA-34

The following counties are part of Trauma Service Areas where, for the last seven days, 15% or more of total hospital capacity has been COVID‑19 patients.

No Trauma Service Areas at this time.

Hospitalization Data

High Hospitalization Areas (GA-34)

Executive Order GA-34 defines high hospitalizations as any Trauma Service Area that has had seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID 19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of all hospital capacity exceeds 15%.

The formula for this metric is: Lab Confirmed COVID-19 Patients Currently in the Hospital divided by Total Hospital Capacity.

  • Lab Confirmed COVID-19 Patients Currently in the Hospital is the total number of patients in the hospital who have tested positive for COVID-19 by molecular test. This includes pediatric and adult COVID-19 patients.
  • Total Hospital Capacity is the number of staffed available and occupied beds. This includes pediatric and adult hospital patients, general and ICU beds, inpatient and outpatient beds, emergency department beds, and telemetry and psychiatric beds.

DSHS updates these data daily, which may be found in the following locations:

This page is being updated as new information becomes available.

Last updated April 1, 2021