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Smith County now has 61 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

The City of Tyler released new information on Sunday, updating the county's total by 4.

Last Thursday Smith County Health Authority Dr. Jeffrey Levin said the Public Health Lab of East Texas was having to be careful about testing because they were beginning to run low on materials needed to run the tests.

The Northeast Texas Public Health District's website has not been updated since Friday. Its latest count still has Gregg County at 12 confirmed cases, but according to Gregg County Health Authority Dr. Lewis Browne their case count was up to 16 by Friday evening.

Rusk County officials report their county has 12 cases. Cherokee County is reporting 6 cases, as of April 1. Nacogdoches County reported their 16th case on Saturday, and neighboring Angelina County is at 10.

Henderson and Anderson Counties are at one confirmed case each.

NET Health reported Friday that Van Zandt was at three cases, but the state's COVID-19 map shows four. Wood County is also showing two cases on the state's map, where NET Health lists one. 

NET Health is not yet listing any confirmed recoveries in its 7-county surveillance region. A recovery would be listed if a person who had tested positive then tests negative at the end of their quarantine period, which can be longer than two weeks.

NET Health has reported one death in Smith County and one in Van Zandt County. The state of Texas lists 6,812 confirmed positive cases, and 127 fatalities. This data may lag behind what individual counties and health departments are reporting.

These numbers reflect only cases in which an individual has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Of the first 57 cases, 46 were in Tyler, five in Flint, three in Whitehouse, one in Hideaway and one in Troup. The areas are based off of the physical address of the individuals, according to NET Health.

NET Health said 34 of those cases were caused by community spread and 23 cases are travel-related. There were 26 male and 31 female patients.

Thirty-four of the first 57 cases within the county were under the age of 60. There is one confirmed case in someone 20 years old or younger, 12 in the 21 to 40-year-old range and 21 in the 41 to 59-year-old range.

There were 20 confirmed cases in the 60 to 79 group and three who are 80 years old or over, according to NET Health.

Cory is a multimedia journalist and member of the Education Writers Association, Criminal Justice Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has appeared on Crime Watch Daily and Grave Mysteries on Investigation Discovery.

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