The confirmed coronavirus cases in Smith County remains at 21 as of Thursday, according to a daily update.
On Wednesday, the Northeast Texas Public Health District announced that the cases went from 14 to 21 cases. The first death in Smith County was also announced as a 91-year-old man.
In an effort to reduce the spread of the disease, officials are encouraging people to contact their healthcare provider before visiting hospitals or emergency rooms for treatment.
Those who have symptoms like fever, cough or shortness of breath should call to speak with a clinician who will give a telephonic triage and make referrals in accordance with CDC guidelines. People can also visit 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," statement said.
To coordinate prescreening and referral directly with UT Health East Texas, contact (903) 596- DOCS. To do the same with Christus Trinity Mother Frances, call (903) 606-DOCS. If there's an emergency, call 911.