Smith County issued a two-week stay at home order during a news conference on Friday. The county did not order a shelter-in-place order. 

Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran issued the order. It's a more lenient order than shelter in place. It means you can do essential things like grocery shopping and work.

The order will be in place starting at 11:59 p.m. Friday and end at 11:59 p.m. on April 10. 

The confirmed coronavirus cases in Smith County went from 21 on Thursday to 27 on Friday, Moran said.

On Wednesday, the Northeast Texas Public Health District announced that the cases went from 14 to 21 cases. The first death in Smith County was also announced as a 91-year-old man. 

In an effort to reduce the spread of the disease, officials are encouraging people to contact their healthcare provider before visiting hospitals or emergency rooms for treatment. 

Those who have symptoms like fever, cough or shortness of breath should call to speak with a clinician who will give a telephonic triage and make referrals in accordance with CDC guidelines. People can also visit and take a “Coronavirus Self-Checker” assessment.

"This will help you communicate symptoms to your doctor when you call their office before making a visit," statement said.

To coordinate prescreening and referral directly with UT Health East Texas, contact (903) 596- DOCS. To do the same with Christus Trinity Mother Frances, call (903) 606-DOCS. If there's an emergency, call 911.

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