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Smith County COVID-19 cases rose by 36 Wednesday for a current active count of 357 as Tyler hospitals admitted 17 additional East Texas patients for the virus. 

The county’s cumulative count has reached 654, which includes 357 active cases, 293 recoveries and four deaths, according to the Northeast Texas Public Health District.

This recent rise in totals comes one day after the county set a new daily highest record of 52.

Seventy-five patients from East Texas are being treated in Tyler hospitals, which is up 17 from Tuesday.

Free COVID-19 walk-up testing services from the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Department of State Health Services for anyone with or without virus symptoms will be available at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 615 W. Cochran St. in Tyler, Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Advanced registration is not required. People tested must have access to a telephone as results will be returned by call or text.

This is the second round of free testing in Smith County for people with or without COVID-19 symptoms.

From June 16 to 18, this type of testing was available at St. Louis Baptist Church and North Tenneha Church of Christ. Over that three-day period, 1,398 tests were administered to people at both churches.

Since June 1, there have been 444 new coronavirus cases in Smith County based on numbers from NET Health.

This means the month of June accounts for 69.4% of the total cases in Smith County.

Through June 28, the Texas Department of State Health Services reports 8,841 tests were performed on people from Smith County. Since June 1, 3,782 tests have been administered, which means 42.78% of COVID-19 testing was completed in June.

According to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, there are three inmates and one detention officer from the Smith County Jail who have an active case of COVID-19 as of Tuesday.

One Smith County inmate died due to COVID-19, TCJS reported.

Inmates are not included in regular Smith County COVID-19 counts, but jailers are if they live in the county. TCJS numbers do not include inmates or officers who may have recovered.

Smith County statistics

The Smith County joint information center typically updates recovery numbers on Tuesdays and Fridays. The center is made up of agencies, including the city of Tyler, Smith County, NET Health and Tyler ISD.

NET Health provides updates on weekdays excluding Tuesdays and Fridays.

Of the 654 cases, 518 are in Tyler, 25 in Flint, 27 in Whitehouse, 32 in Lindale, 13 in Troup, 19 in Bullard, two in Overton, five in Arp, four in Winona, two in Kilgore, five in Hideaway, one in Gladewater and one in rural Smith County near Mineola.

The last death was almost two months ago. A 68-year-old Tyler man, a 78-year-old Tyler man, a 91-year-old Hideaway man and a 56-year-old Troup man have died because of COVID-19.

Six-hundred and thirteen cases are a result of community spread and 41 are travel-related.

Here is the breakdown of cases:

• 0-20, 99 cases

• 21-40, 259 cases

• 41-59, 180 cases

• 60-79, 100 cases

• 80 and over, 16 cases

Regarding gender, 307 are men and 347 are women.

Other counties

In Gregg County, there are 397 COVID-19 cases, including 14 deaths and 145 recoveries, according to the Gregg County Health Department.

Van Zandt County has 91 cases, including three deaths and 31 recoveries, NET Health reported.

Henderson County has 137 cases, including four deaths and 73 recoveries, according to NET Health.

Wood County has 92 COVID-19 cases, including the deaths of five Winnsboro residents and 55 recoveries, according to NET Health.

Anderson County has 141 cases, including 94 recoveries, according to NET Health. These numbers do not reflect inmates at the prisons in Tennessee Colony.

Rains County has 12 cases, including six recoveries, NET Health reported.


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