COVID-19 Update: Smith County March 26th
NET Health continues to stress the importance of hand washing and social distancing as the coronavirus continues to infect East Texans.
The following press release was distributed by NET Health with the latest concerning the number of confirmed cases in the county.
Tyler, Texas (Thursday, March 26)
There are 21 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Smith County as of Thursday, March 26 at 12 p.m.
There is one (1) COVID-19 related fatality within Smith County as of Thursday, March 26 at 12 p.m.
Confirmed cases in Smith County: 21
*Northeast Texas Public Health District PIO: Terrence Ates, (903) 343-5451
Call Centers established for patient screening
The Smith County Emergency Operations Center is active and meeting seven days a week to coordinate the best response for the Smith County community.
We are asking the public to contact their healthcare provider prior to visiting hospitals or emergency rooms for treatment. It is very important for the mitigation of the spread of Coronavirus that all potential patients are screened so healthcare providers can to prepare for their arrival.
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.
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.
City of Tyler PIO: Jenny Wells, (903) 944-9136
On Monday, March 23, 2020, Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran made clear that—at this time—he has no intention presently to sign a generalized “shelter in place” order for Smith County that would further restrict the activities of Smith County citizens and businesses as a result of COVID-19 beyond the restrictions imposed at the state level by the Governor of Texas.
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. The Smith County Tax Office is closed to the public until further notice, but is still working to assist Smith County residents and businesses. Employees will continue working, answering the phones and mail. For more information or to make a payment, call (903) 590-2920 for property taxes and (903) 590-2900 for auto registration. Jury duty continues to be suspended through May 1. For a full list of adjusted services, please visit.
Smith County PIO: Casey Murphy, (903) 590-4607
Tyler Independent School District
Tyler ISD launched its districtwide Distance Learning program to students and families on Monday, March 23.
Tyler ISD Curbside Meals are available at Boutler, Hubbard, Moore, and Three Lakes middles schools, Caldwell Arts Academy, and Griffin, Peete and T.J. Austin elementary schools. The meals are available for pickup 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday for any student 18 years of age and younger. Students must be in vehicle to receive a meal. For Curbside Meal information and/or answers to Frequently Asked Questions, go to this site.
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.
UT Health East Texas patients may access this service by calling (903) 596-DOCS (3627).
CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic patients may schedule this service through the MyChart App or by calling (903) 606-DOCS (3627).
Texas Department of Public Safety
In response to the current health threat associated with COVID-19, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is limiting access to North Texas DPS Offices until Monday, April 6, 2020. This action is being taken to protect both the health and safety of the public as well as our employees. If you have a confirmed, scheduled appointment at an office, please contact the number you were provided with your confirmation.
Visit Texas.gov or call 1-866-DL-RENEW to learn of the many ways to conduct their DL transactions online without the need to come into an office. For additional information about renewing your driver license or ID card, visit the DPS website.