The Northeast Texas Public Health District has announced five additional coronavirus cases in Smith County late Wednesday, which brings the total to 21 cases.
Earlier Wednesday during a news conference, NET Health said there were 16 cases in the county, which included a 91-year-old man who died.
Just after 8 p.m. NET Health announced there were five additional lab confirmed cases in Smith County. There were also two new Gregg County cases announced bringing that total to three. Reported confirmed cases were provided by private laboratories and by the Public Health Lab of East Texas, NET Health stated.
According to NET Health, there is one case each in Van Zandt County, Bowie County, Cass County, Morris County, Upshur County, Angelina County, Nacogdoches County and Hopkins County. There are two cases in Rusk County.
“Community spread means there is more than one possible source for COVID-19 to become acquired by any individual,“ said George Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of NET Health. “The public has the responsibility, more than ever, to follow recommendations from health officials, such as physical distancing yourself from others and limiting all non-essential travel within your communities.”
NET Health performs surveillance of communicable diseases in Smith, Gregg, Wood, Rains, Van Zandt, Anderson and Henderson counties.
"If you have been exposed to a sick traveler, have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are experiencing fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please contact your healthcare provider. The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases," the NET Health statement read.
Those who believe they have coronavirus symptoms should call before going to their doctor or emergency department to prevent potential spread. Methods to slow the transmission of the disease can be found at MyNETHealth.org/coronavirus.