COVID 19 Update: Smith County April 7th
Four new cases of COVID-19 has been reported in Smith County within the last 24 hours.
The total number of cases has risen to 79 within Smith County.
Tyler, Texas (Tuesday, April 7)
There are 4 new confirmed COVID-19 cases for a total of 79 cases in Smith County as of Tuesday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m.
There are two (2) COVID-19 related fatalities within Smith County as of Tuesday, April 7 at 2 p.m.
There are currently zero (0) reported recovered cases in Smith County as of Tuesday, April 7 at 2 p.m.
Confirmed cases in Smith County: 79
*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.
Additional Call Center established for patient screening without primary care provider
The Northeast Texas Public Health District, in partnership with the local government, hospital systems and colleges, has established an additional call center to assist with novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pre-screening for individuals without primary care physicians.
Should you be experiencing or developing COVID-19 symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, fever, cough or shortness of breath, call (903) 617-6404 to speak with a representative who will make referrals to physicians.
Prospective patients may contact the call center Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. where they will be screened over the phone by healthcare professionals. If the individual meets the screening criteria for COVID-19, they will be referred to a physician UT Health East Texas and CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances on an alternating basis. Ultimately, the physician will determine whether or not the individual meets the criteria for testing.
City of Tyler
All fishing tournaments at Lake Tyler are suspended until further notice.
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:https://www.cityoftyler.org/government/departments/communications/coronavirus-updates
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
Tyler ISD Curbside Meals are available for students 18 yrs and younger Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations: Austin, Dixie, Griffin, and Peete elementary schools, Caldwell Arts Academy, and Boulter, Hubbard, Moore and Three Lakes middle schools. Meals WILL be served this Friday, April 10, which is Good Friday.
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 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.