Last Updated July 13, 2020 at 4:45 p.m.
UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
JULY 13, 2020 NORTHEAST TEXAS PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT
NET Health reported 142 new cases of COVID-19 in Smith County being reported since last Friday, July 10, 2020. The total confirmed number of COVID-19 cases is 1,441. There are 1,140 active cases, 294 recovered cases and seven deaths in Smith County.
NET Health’s daily reports of any and all new COVID-positive cases from every local mobile testing site, from every hospital, and from every community clinic since COVID-19 arrived in East Texas in early March 2020 do not include positive antibody tests.
More information about free COVID-19 testing locations, community strategies to control the spread, and access to local social services are listed at https://www.NETHealthCOVID19.org
GOVERNOR'S ORDER, JULY 2, 2020: Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than 10 and must maintain 6 feet of social distancing from others.
To view all of Governor Abbott's executive orders regarding COVID-19, click here:
FROM NET HEALTH: If you have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 within the last 14 days, symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure. Symptoms may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, loss of taste or smell, loss of appetite, sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose, diarrhea, vomiting and/or nausea.
Smith County residents without health insurance can speak with a Community Health Worker to determine their risk of exposure to COVID-19 by contacting the NET Health Center for Healthy Living at 903-617 – 6404. If you believe you have COVID-19 symptoms, please be sure to call before going to your doctor or emergency department to prevent any potential spread. Information about free COVID-19 testing locations, community strategies to control the spread, and access to local social services are listed at https://www.NETHealthCOVID19.org.
New COVID-19 information provided by the Northeast Texas Public Health District is released by the Smith County Joint Information Center every Tuesday and Friday.
The daily updates can also be found on Smith County's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
ELECTIONS: For the Smith County Primary Run-Off Election, several safety precautions will be taken at each polling location, such as providing hand sanitizing stations and encouraging social distancing, because of recommendations from the State of Texas and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relating to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. 2020-06-10 COVID-19 Safety Measures for Smith County Primary Run-Off Election
COMMISSIONERS COURT: The Smith County Commissioners Court meetings will reopen to the public. Beginning June 16, 2020, and until further notice, a maximum capacity of 35 people will be allowed in the Smith County Commissioners Courtroom, with public seating available for 20 people. The temporary limited courtroom capacity is to allow for social distancing guidelines put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Smith County Commissioners Court Temporary Courtroom COVID-19 Procedures
COURTS: Jury trials have been postponed until August 1. The Smith County Judges have come up with a COVID-19 Operating Plan for the Smith County Judiciary to restart in-person court proceedings. The plan, written by Local Administrative Judge Kerry Russell, of the 7th District Court, has been approved by the Regional Administrative Judge and the Office of Court Administration. To view the plan, click here: COVID-19 Operating Plan for Smith County Judiciary
CARTER BLOODCARE: Plasma collected from recently recovered individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 is being used as an experimental treatment for seriously ill COVID-19 patients who are not responding to other medical interventions. Carter BloodCare is working with doctors, hospitals and the Smith County Medical Society to encourage individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, to register as potential convalescent plasma donors so that more patients can have access to the investigational treatment. For more information, click here: 2020-04-28 Press Release Carter BloodCare C-Plasma Recruitment in East Texas
TO VIEW PRESS CONFERENCES ON COVID-19 IN SMITH COUNTY
To view past press conferences held by Smith County and the City of Tyler, visit: https://tinyurl.com/yccfwuwo
All COVID-19 related press conferences and briefings can also be found on the Fire Marshal's page.
SMITH COUNTY VOUCHER PROGRAM
Smith County and NDMJ Transportation are teaming up to use the County’s Voucher Program to deliver food, water, medication and other necessities to elderly and disabled citizens who do not have transportation.
NET HEALTH CALL CENTER
The Northeast Texas Public Health District’s Center for Healthy Living established a call center for COVID-19 pre-screening for Smith County residents without a primary care provider. If you are experiencing or developing COVID-19 symptoms, call 903-617-6404. Community Health Workers and recruited volunteers will make referrals to local medical providers in Smith County.
DA'S OFFICE AIDS IN CONTACT TRACING
The Smith County District Attorney’s Office is dedicating the majority of its investigators to aid local health officials in their contact tracing efforts for COVID-19.
On March 17, the Smith County Commissioners Court ratified the Declaration of Local Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency from the Coronavirus, signed by County Judge Nathaniel Moran on March 16. The Disaster Declaration remains in effect.
To view the order ratifying the Declaration of Disaster, click here:
The Declaration of Disaster can be viewed here:
The Smith County Courts-at-Law Judges have issued joint guidelines affecting their court proceedings, which can be found here:
Smith County officials are in regular contact with the Northeast Texas Public Health District (NET Health), the local health authority that works with the State Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for all of the latest nationwide information on the Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/
Find out who is at higher risk of getting sick from COVID-19 and how to prevent it: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html
For up-to-date information on the Coronavirus in East Texas, please visit the website of the Northeast Texas Public Health District: https://www.nethealthcovid19.org/