The spread of COVID-19 is now considered to be 'community spread' within Smith County.

NETHealth has released the latest update on the COVID-19 situation within Smith County with the following press release.

Tyler, Texas (Sunday, March 22)


There are 10 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Smith County as of Sunday, March 22 at 12 p.m.* Evidence of community spread of COVID-19 has been found.

There are no COVID-19 related fatalities within Smith County as of Sunday, March 22 at 12 p.m.

Confirmed cases in Smith County: 10

*Northeast Texas Public Health District PIO: Terrence Ates, (903) 343-5451


Best practices:

We are asking the public to contact their healthcare provider prior to visiting hospitals or emergency rooms for treatment. It is very important to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus that all potential patients are screened so healthcare providers can to prepare for their arrival.


City of Tyler

The City of Tyler will extend modified facility operations until Friday, April 17. All events City-operated or in a City facility have been suspended through April 17.

Get more information on closures or adjusted services here.


Smith County

On Thursday, March 19, Texas Governor Abbott passed down executive orders that will close gym facilities and dine-in seating at restaurants beginning Friday, March 20 at 11:59 p.m. and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 3. The Smith County Declaration of Local Disaster Due to the Public Health Emergency from the Coronavirus imposes no additional restrictions to Smith County private businesses. Smith County 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.  Jury duty continues to be suspended through April 13. For a full list of adjusted services, please visit this site.
Smith County PIO: Casey Murphy, (903) 590-4607



The City of Tyler and Smith County will continue to hold both the County Commissioner’s Court meetings and Tyler City Council meetings, but will move to an online format to maintain gathering and social distancing regulations set by Governor Abbott.

Smith County Commissioner’s Court and Tyler Council meetings will be streamed live on their respective Facebook pages for public viewing. More details will be forthcoming next week.


Tyler Independent School District

In compliance with Texas Governor Abbott’s executive order, Tyler Independent School District campuses will remain closed through Friday, April 3. Right now, TISD is working on a plan for distance learning beginning Monday, March 23. Those plans will be rolled out over the weekend to families. Get the most up-to-date information at the TISD site.

TISD PIO: Jennifer Hines, (903) 521-5887

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