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Last Updated March 31, 2020 at 3 p.m. 

UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran issued a two-week “Stay at Home” Order for all Smith County residents on Friday, March 27, 2020. The order is an amendment to Smith County’s “Declaration of Local Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency for Smith County, Texas.” The “Stay at Home Order” takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020, and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2020, unless otherwise extended or terminated by further order of Judge Moran.

2020-03-27 Amended Order of Declaration of Local Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency

2020-03-27 Order Attachement - CISA_Guidance_on_the_Essential_Critical_Infrastructure_Workforce_508C_0

2020-03-27 Press Release Smith County Stay at Home Order

2020-03-27 Press Release Smith County Stay at Home Order-Spanish

Essential vs. Non-Essential Graphic

 Smith County Order-Does and Donts Graphic

After reading the order, if you have specific questions, please email them to covid19@smith-county.com

As of March 31, 2020, there are 36 positive cases of Coronavirus in Smith County. The Northeast Texas Public Health District has reported one COVID-19 related death in Smith County.

To view the Daily Update on COVID-19 in Smith County, click here:

2020-03-31 Daily Update on COVID-19 in Smith County 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to prevent further spread into the state of Texas from hotspot areas, Governor Greg Abbott has tasked the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) with enforcing two Executive Orders surrounding travel into the state of Texas. For more information, click here:

2020-03-31 State of Texas Travel Press Release

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.

2020-03-30 Press Release DA Investigators Aiding Health Officials

The Smith County Commissioners Court Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, will be closed to the public but streamed live online. Members of the public are encouraged to view the meetings live by clicking the following link: https://tinyurl.com/spombtj and click on Commissioners Court Live Stream. The meeting will also be live at https://www.facebook.com/SmithCountyTexas/ 

Once the live stream is over, the recorded video can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/sqjq7kw

To view all information regarding the Commissioners Court Meeting, click here:

2020-03-23 Press Release Commissioners Court Online

MARCH 24 UPDATE ON JURY DUTY:

Smith County has suspended jury duty through May 1, to follow guidelines announced by the Texas Judicial Branch - Office of Court Administration. Jurors who have received a summons to appear in court on any day in March or April, do not have to appear at the Smith County Courthouse. The jurors will be rescheduled and will receive a new summons.

For more information about all Smith County Government Offices limiting public interface to its services, as well as how Commissioners Court meetings are being held, click here:

2020-03-24 Limitation of County Services

On March 22, The Governor of the State of Texas issued an executive order relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation: 2020-3-22- Governor's Executive Order

On March 19, The Governor of the State of Texas issued an executive order relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation: 2020-3-19 Executive Order by the Governor of the State of Texas

At this time, the Smith County Declaration of Local Disaster Due to the Public Health Emergency from the Coronavirus, signed by Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran and approved by the Smith County Commissioners Court, imposes no additional restrictions.

On Tuesday, 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.

To view the news release, detailing what the Disaster Declaration means, click here:

2020-03-17 Press Release Ratification of Emergency Declaration

To view the order ratifying the Declaration of Disaster, click here:

2020-3-17-Order Ratifying the Disaster Declaration

The Declaration of Disaster can be viewed here:

2020-03-16 Declaration of Local Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency for Smith County

The Smith County Courts-at-Law Judges have issued joint guidelines affecting their court proceedings, which can be found here:

2020-3-16 Smith County Courts at Law Joint Statement Regarding Health and Safety Concerns

Smith County urges residents who can do county business online, such as pay court fees or fines, property taxes or renew their auto registration, do so.

As of March 23 at noon, there are 10 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Smith County, Texas. Evidence of community spread of COVID-19 has been found.

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.

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

NORTHEAST TEXAS PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT

For up-to-date information on the Coronavirus in East Texas, please visit the website of the Northeast Texas Public Health District: www.MyNETHealth.org/Coronavirus 

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