COVID-19 Update: Smith County March 29th
NET Health continues to stress the importance of social distancing amidst the shelter in place order that has been imposed upon the residents of Tyler and Smith County.
The following press release was distributed by NET Health with the latest information concerning the number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus within Smith County.
Tyler, Texas (Sunday, March 29)
There are 31 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Smith County as of Sunday, March 29 at 12 p.m.
There is one (1) COVID-19 related fatality within Smith County as of Sunday, March 29 at 12 p.m.
Four new cases have been reported since Saturday, March 28.
One individual was exposed to community spread and is in home-isolation.
One individual has recent travel history inside the US and is currently hospitalized.
Two individuals had recent travel history outside of the U.S., and both are in home-isolation.
These positive test results were analyzed and confirmed by private and public laboratories.
Confirmed cases in Smith County: 31
*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.
Two week “Stay at Home” Order issued by Smith County Judge
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.
To view the Order and accompanying press release, please visit the Smith County website and click the red banner at the top of the page.
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 online at City Of Tyler.
City of Tyler PIO: Jenny Wells, (903) 944-9136
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 the Smith County website.
Smith County PIO: Casey Murphy, (903) 590-4607
Tyler Independent School District
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 TISD.
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.
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.