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Smith County now has 37 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, up five from Sunday night.

The confirmed positive cases were announced by the Northeast Texas Public Health District on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, NET Health reported four cases, which increased Sunday’s total of 32 to 36. Just after 9 p.m. Tuesday, another case was reported within Smith County. The city of Whitehouse also announced its first positive case within the city.

Wood and Anderson counties announced their first cases. Gregg County’s count stands at six confirmed cases, according to NET Health’s announcement.

NET Health said most of the new patients are at home under self-isolation. Three of them have recently traveled outside of the East Texas area, while the remaining individuals were exposed to the virus due to community spread.

Rusk County is up to four cases, according to the Rusk County Office of Emergency Management.

The rise of cases in Smith County follows announcements from other East Texas counties regarding increases in the number of positive cases they have seen.

Smith County remains under a stay at home order through April 10. The order was issued by Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran last Friday to combat the spread of the virus.

On Monday night, Tyler nursing home The Heights announced two of its employees had tested positive for the virus. It is unknown what county those employees live in or when their results came back.

The news release from the facility said the staff members have been away from the center for more than one week and not in contact with residents while awaiting their test results, and are doing well.

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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