COVID-19 Update: Smith County April 2nd
NET Health reports there are 47 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within Smith County.
NET Health has released the following press release.
Tyler, Texas (Thursday, April 2)
There are 47 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Smith County as of Thursday, April 2 at 12 p.m.
There is one (1) COVID-19 related fatality within Smith County as of Thursday, April 2 at 12 p.m.
There are currently zero (0) reported recovered cases in Smith County as of Thursday, April 2 at 12 p.m.
Confirmed cases in Smith County: 47
*Northeast Texas Public Health District PIO: Terrence Ates, (903) 343-5451
The Smith County Emergency Operations Center is active and meeting seven days a week to coordinate the best response for the Smith County community.
Smith County is currently under a Stay at Home Order issued by Judge Nathaniel Moran on Friday, March 27.
Plans underway to assist emergency medical personnel with housing and childcare
At 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, the joint Smith County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) announced support strategies for emergency medical personnel should the Smith County community experience a major surge with the COVID-19 virus. Plans include housing and childcare support through partner agencies of the Tyler Independent School District, the University of Texas at Tyler and Tyler Junior College.
Facilities will be dedicated for daycare and extended-stay housing by these agencies should this become a need. The EOC and partners are prepared to deploy these resources within 24 hours of notice.
City of Tyler
The City of Tyler will extend modified facility operations until Friday, May 1. All events City-operated or in a City facility have been suspended through May 1.
Get more information on closures or adjusted services:
City of Tyler PIO: Jenny Wells, (903) 944-9136
Most Smith County offices remains open to the public, but with limited walk-in services. The County encourages people to conduct their businesses online. Many non-essential services are by appointment only. The Smith County Tax Office is closed to the public until further notice, but is still working to assist Smith County residents and businesses. People can pay their property taxes over the phone, online or through mail. People can renew their auto registration online or through the mail. They are also continuing to service car dealers who need title work. For more information, call (903) 590-2920 or visit: https://www.smith-county.com/government/elected-officials/tax-assessor
Jury duty continues to be suspended through May 1. For a full list of adjusted Smith County services, please visit https://www.smith-county.com/government/departments/corona-virus-information.
The annual Smith County-Wide Clean Up program, which allows residents to take bulky items to the landfill for free, is underway and is extended through the end of May. Smith County residents can use vouchers, available at www.smith-county.com, on the Commissioners Court page, to redeem at the Greenwood Farms Landfill, at 12920 Farm-to-Market Road 2767, or Old Kilgore Highway, in Tyler.
Smith County PIO: Casey Murphy, (903) 590-4607
Tyler Independent School District
Governor Greg Abbott has extended his executive order closing school facilities with the possibility of returning to classes May 4. During this time, Tyler ISD will continue its Distance Learning and Free Curbside Meals programs. Beginning Monday, April 6, Dixie Elementary School will be an added Curbside Meals location. Social and emotional learning resources are available to students and parents on the tylerisd.org/distancelearning web page. Campus counselors are also able to provide online counseling video phone calls and/or video chats. To request counseling services, students and parents can submit a Counseling Referral Form on their school counselor's web page. For updates, information and frequently asked questions, go to www.tylerisd.org/covid19.
TISD PIO: Jennifer Hines, (903) 521-5887
Both CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic and UT Health East Texas have expanded telehealth services and online screening tools to best serve their patients. Telehealth services will be HIPPA-compliant.
If you are experiencing or developing COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, call to speak with a clinician who will provide telephonic triage and make appropriate referrals in accordance with CDC guidelines. Additionally, you may visit www.coronavirus.gov and take a “Coronavirus Self-Checker” assessment. This will help you communicate symptoms to your doctor when you call their office before making a visit.
To coordinate prescreening and referral directly with UT Health East Texas, patients may call (903) 596- DOCS.
To coordinate prescreening and referral directly with CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances, patients may call (903) 606-DOCS.
**In the event of an emergency, call 911.