Smith County has 112 confirmed coronavirus cases and 47 recoveries as of Thursday afternoon, according to the Northeast Texas Public Health District.

This total is up by four since Wednesday.

In all, there are 63 active cases, 47 recovered cases and two deaths in Smith County.

According to the joint information center, the recovery numbers will be updated on Tuesdays and Fridays. The center is made up of agencies like the city of Tyler, Smith County, NET Health and Tyler ISD.

NET Health CEO George Roberts made the announcement of the case numbers on Thursday during a news conference at the Smith County Commissioners Courtroom. He and Smith County Health Authority Dr. Jeffrey Levin also shared that based on early data the curve on local coronavirus cases seems to be flattening.

Levin and Roberts attributed the reduced daily increases to mitigation measures, such as state, county, state disaster declarations and stay-at-home orders. Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran issued a stay-at-home order on March 27 for two weeks through April 10. This order has been extended through April 30 to coordinate with Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order limiting non-essential activities.

NET Health’s requirements for recovery are that it’s been 14 days since the symptoms began, the patient has no fever for eight days without having to use medicine and improvement of respiratory symptoms, NET Health CEO George Roberts said.

Of the 112 Smith County cases, 91 are in Tyler, six in Whitehouse, five in Flint, four in Lindale, two in Troup, one each in Hideaway, Bullard, Winona and rural Smith County near Mineola.

Eighty-one cases are community spread and 31 are travel-related.

Seventy-seven patients are under the age of 60 with four cases in people 20 years old or younger, 35 cases in people 21 to 40 years old and 38 in people 41 to 59 years old. There are 31 cases in people 60 to 79 years old and four cases in people 80 years or older.

Of the 112 cases, 59 are men and 53 are women.

NET Health also shared race and ethnicity numbers for 57 out of the 112 Smith County cases due to some information not being provided for patients tested at private labs. Of the 57 cases where race is known, 34 are white, 15 are Black, five are Asian and three are Hispanic.

NET Health is also reporting there are 51 East Texas patients being treated for COVID-19 at Tyler hospitals. These patients may not all be Smith County residents. A 91-year-old Hideaway man and a 56-year-old Troup man have died from COVID-19.

Rusk County announced its first death on Thursday.

The Rusk County Office of Emergency Management reported a patient in the Henderson area died from the coronavirus. Rusk County OEM also announced two new cases, which brought its total to 27.

In addition to Smith County, NET Health performs disease surveillance for six other counties: Gregg, Wood, Van Zandt, Anderson, Henderson and Rains.

Gregg County has 49 cases as of Thursday, according to the Gregg County Health Department.

As of Wednesday, Wood County has six cases, Rains County has two, Anderson County has four and Henderson County has 12. There are 11 cases in Van Zandt County, including the death of a 47-year-old woman, according to NET Health.

In Cherokee County, there are 10 cases of COVID-19, including one death, as of Thursday, according to the Cherokee County Public Health Department.

In Upshur County, there are nine cases as of Thursday, according to the Longview News-Journal.

 
 

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