Health officials confirm three cases of COVID-19 in Smith County

Health officials confirm three cases of COVID-19 in Smith County
NET Health’s Russell Hopkins gives an update on COVID-19, on Friday, March 13, 2020. Health officials announced there are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Smith County. (Blake Holland/KLTV Multimedia Journalist) (Source: Blake Holland/KLTV)

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - There are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Smith County, according to George Roberts with NET Health. All three are in isolation and all have recently traveled outside the U.S.

NET Health has also confirmed that two of the cases are connected and one of the patients is in serious condition.

Russell Hopkins, also with NET Health, says they know of people who have had contact with the three COVID-19 patients. It’s possible those contacts will be tested for the virus, according to NET Health.

Hopkins says he is not aware of any healthcare workers being under monitoring after interacting with the patients who tested positive.

Officials say 20 to 25 tests have been conducted in the Tyler lab.

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Tyler city officials, emergency preparedness staff and public health officials will meet at 10 a.m. Friday to discuss emergency preparations underway regarding COVID-19 and to encourage Tyler residents to take preventive actions.

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