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There are now 47 confirmed coronavirus cases in Smith County as of Wednesday night, according to the Northeast Texas Public Health District.

This new count is up by 10 cases from Tuesday night.

Earlier Wednesday, NET Health announced five new cases, which caused the total to reach 42. Just after 9 p.m., an additional five cases were reported.

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.

Also within the NET Health seven-county area, there are now seven cases in Gregg County and three cases in Van Zandt County. Both of these totals increased by one since Tuesday.

The most recent cases in Smith, Gregg and Van Zandt counties are all at their homes under self-isolation. Most of the people were exposed due to community spread, which means there is no definite source of exposure. The Van Zandt County resident was exposed because of close contact with a person who was diagnosed with COVID-19, according to NET Health’s announcement.

There is still one case each in Anderson, Henderson and Wood counties, according to NET Health.

There are six cases in Rusk County and one of the patients has recovered, according to the Rusk County Office of Emergency Management.

There are six cases in Cherokee County, according to the Cherokee County Public Health Department.

There has been one death due to the coronavirus in Smith County, a 91-year-old Hideaway Lake man. A 47-year-old Van Zandt County woman died because of COVID-19, according to NET Health.

Harrison County has its first coronavirus-related death, Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt said Wednesday.

There are currently five confirmed cases within Harrison County, according to Harrison County Judge Chad Sims.

Tests for COVID-19 are completed both at the Public Health Lab of East Texas (PHLET) and private laboratories.

According to NET Health, the public health lab covers 35 counties within the East Texas region.

As of Tuesday, there have been 40 positive results and 523 negative out of the 571 tested at the Public Health Lab of East Texas. There have been 619 samples received by the PHLET.

Based on current numbers, 7% of tests conducted received a positive result from the Public Health Lab. These numbers do not include numbers from private labs and they cannot be divided up by county, NET Health stated.


I came to the Tyler Morning Telegraph in September 2019. I report on crime, courts, breaking news and various events in Tyler and East Texas.

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