Following a day of phone calls from concerned citizens, Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown is considering the implementation of an emergency mask regulation, according to a press release from Lufkin Police Department public relations specialist Jessica Pebsworth.
Throughout the day Friday, citizens have voiced their concerns about the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the Lufkin community, Pebsworth said.
“The dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases and the potential for serious or even fatal consequences has the mayor considering a mask requirement,” director of public safety Gerald Williamson said, adding that a decision will be made on the matter as early as Monday.
“The battle with COVID-19 is far from over. We’re still in the middle of the fight and no one needs to let their guard down,” Williamson continued. “Let’s wear our masks, practice social distancing and personal hygiene. Do your part to slow the spread of COVID in Lufkin.”
As of Friday afternoon, there were 34 lab-confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations within the Department of State Health Services Trauma Service Area H, which includes Angelina, Nacogdoches, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto and Tyler counties.
Additional Trauma Service Area H stats listed as of 5 p.m. included:
- Population: 272,151 (2020 estimate)
- Total Staffed Hospital Beds: 541
- Available Hospital Beds: 222
- Available ICU Beds: 18
- Available Ventilators: 108