What we know about the 122 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

What we know about the 122 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas
COVID-19 in East Texas (Source: KLTV)

EAST TEXAS (KLTV/KTRE) - As of 11:28 a.m. April 2nd, there were 122 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the KLTV/KTRE viewing area.

Here’s what we know about East Texas cases, listed alphabetically, county-by-county.

ANDERSON COUNTY (1 CASE)

  • Anderson County Judge Robert Johnston confirmed on Tuesday, March 31, that the county now has one confirmed COVID-19 case. He said the case is travel-related and that the individual is quarantined at home.

ANGELINA COUNTY (6 CASES)

CAMP COUNTY (1 CASE)

  • Camp County Judge AJ Mason confirmed Monday, Mar. 30 that he was informed a Camp County resident tested positive for COVID-19.

CASS COUNTY (2 CASES)

  • An official with the Cass County judge’s office said Friday, March 20 that the Texas State Department of Health Services confirmed a coronavirus case in the county.
  • On Friday, Mar. 27, Cass County Judge Becky Wilbanks announced that the Texas State Department of Health Services shared information that a presumed case of COVID-19 was now the second confirmed case in the county. “However, the good news is that those two cases have been quarantined inside a hospital and at home. And as of midnight tonight (Saturday), they will no longer be an infectious threat to the community. Also, the people whom they had contact with before they were tested have either tested negative for COVID-19 or have been self-quarantined and have exhibited no symptoms of the disease,” Wilbanks stated.

CHEROKEE COUNTY (6 CASES)

  • Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis confirmed Thursday, Mar. 26 there is one case of COVID-19 in Cherokee County. On Friday, Wells Mayor C.W. Williams stated this case was located within the city.
  • A second case of COVID-19 was confirmed on Sunday, Mar. 29. The second case is travel-related, according to county public health officials, and the person is currently recovering with mild illness under self-isolation at home.
  • A third case of COVID-19 was confirmed on Monday, Mar. 30. “This individual had traveled within the United States and are working on contacting anyone who has had close contact with the individual," the Cherokee County Public Health Department stated.
  • According to the Cherokee County Public Health Department, a fourth case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Cherokee County on Tuesday, Mar. 31. This individual had traveled within the United States.
  • On Wednesday, April 1, Cherokee County reported its 5th confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • According to Cherokee County Public Health Department A sixth case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Cherokee County. This individual does not have a history of travel and is not a contact of any of the five previous cases.

FRANKLIN COUNTY (1 CASE)

  • Th first case was reported Saturday, March 28. According to Franklin County Judge Scott Lee the case was not contracted from the community but was travel related.

GREGG COUNTY (8 CASES)

  • This case was announced on Tuesday, March 10. According to officials, the patient traveled within the continental United States and had mild symptoms. Officials said the patient came to an unspecified CHRISTUS Good Shepherd emergency room on Tuesday, March 3, and was isolated following a screening. Hospital officials said the patient spent 48 hours at their facility before being released in “good condition” on Thursday, March 5.
  • Two additional cases were announced on Wednesday, March 25.
  • A fourth case was confirmed by Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt on Thursday, March 26. Stoudt said all four cases are travel-related.
  • Longview Mayor Andy Mack confirmed on Sunday, Mar. 29, the fifth positive case of COVID-19 in Gregg County.
  • Longview Mayor Andy Mack confirmed on Tuesday, Mar. 31 that a 6th case of COVID-19 has been reported in the county.
  • Longview Mayor Andy Mack confirmed on Wednesday, April 1 that he was informed of two more cases of COVID-19 in the county. He later said one of those cases was a Rusk County case. The total in Gregg County is 7 cases.
  • Longview Mayor Andy Mack confirmed on Thursday, April 2 that he was informed by Gregg County Health Dept. of one more cases of COVID-19 in the county. The total in Gregg County is 8 cases.
  • HARRISON COUNTY (5 CASES)
  • The City of Marshall confirmed a case of COVID-19 had been announced in the county of Thursday, March 26. On Wednesday, April 1, Harrison County Judge Chad Sims confirmed the death of this patient and said the person who contracted the virus had traveled to Shreveport. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office said it 62-year old man who lived in the city of Marshall.
  • The City of Marshall confirmed two more cases in the county on March 31. The city also announced a stay-at-home order had been issued for the county.
  • The Harrison County judge confirmed the 4th and 5th positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, April 1. One was travel-related and the other case is still under investigation, a news release stated.

HENDERSON COUNTY (1 CASE)

HOPKINS COUNTY (3 CASES)

  • This case was reported on Tuesday, Mar. 24 by the Hopkins County Emergency Management. Additional details were not available.
  • The 2nd and 3rd positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Tuesday, Mar. 30 by the Texas Dept. of State Health Services, according to Hopkins County Emergency Management.

JASPER COUNTY (3 CASES)

  • Jasper County Judge Mark Allen confirmed the county’s first positive case of COVID-19 on Sunday, March 29. This person was being treated outside the county, the judge noted.
  • Jasper County Judge Mark Allen confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, April 1. The judge said both cases were from Buna.

MORRIS COUNTY (1 CASE)

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY (6 CASES)

  • The Nacogdoches County Emergency Management Office reported the first positive case of COVID-19 in the county on Wednesday, Mar. 25.
  • The City of Nacogdoches reported the second confirmed case Saturday, Mar. 28.
  • According to the Nacogdoches County Emergency Management Office, the county’s third positive case was confirmed by the Texas Dept. of State Health Services around 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 30. Additional information about this case was not released per privacy laws, a new release stated.
  • The fourth case in Nacogdoches was announced by the City of Nacogdoches only an hour after the earlier update on Monday, Mar. 30. Further details were not released by the Dept. of State Health Services, the city stated.
  • Nacogdoches County Emergency management reported two additional cases of COVID-19, the 5th and 6th, confirmed by Texas DSHS on Wednesday, April 1.

PANOLA COUNTY (4 CASES)

  • Panola County Judge Lee Ann Jones confirmed the county’s first case of COVID-19 on Tuesday, Mar. 31.
  • Panola County Judge Lee Ann Jones confirmed the 2nd confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county on Tuesday, Mar. 31.
  • Judge Lee Ann Jones confirms a 3rd case of COVID-19 in Panola County on Wednesday, April 1.
  • County Judge Lee Ann Jones confirms a 4th case of COVID-19 Thursday morning, April 2.

POLK COUNTY (6 CASES)

RUSK COUNTY (6 CASES)

  • The first case was reported on the evening of Monday, March 16. According to Rusk County OEM, the patient recently traveled and is isolated at home.
  • The 2nd case of COVID-19 was reported on Tuesday, March 24. Details were limited, according to the Rusk County OEM.
  • The third case of COVID-19 was reported on Friday, March 27. The Texas Department of State Health Services informed Rusk and City of Henderson officials about the third person. This case is travel-related, and the person is currently isolated at home.
  • The fourth case of COVID-19 was reported on Tuesday, March 31. DSHS told Rusk County officials that there is a fourth person who tested positive for the coronavirus located in the Kilgore area. The case does not appear to be travel-related.
  • Rusk County Judge Joel Hale said there were six confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, April 1. Rusk County OEM also said one person has recovered.

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY (3 CASES)

  • San Augustine County Judge Jeff Boyd confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in the county on Tuesday, Mar. 31.
  • The Angelina County Health District website reported the second and third case on April 2.

SHELBY COUNTY (4 CASES)

  • Tuesday, Mar. 31 Judge Harbison emailed, "I was notified last night by the Department of State Health Services that Shelby County has 2 more confirmed COVID-19 cases bringing our total to 4.
  • Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison announced a case of COVID-19 had been confirmed in the county on Thursday, Mar. 26.
  • On Sunday, Mar. 29, County Judge Allison Harbison confirmed a second case of COVID-19 in Shelby County. “It appears that it is from Community Spread. That means the patient does not know where they were exposed,” she posted on Facebook.

SMITH COUNTY (47 CASES)

  • The first three cases were announced Friday, March 13. According to NET Health, all three patients had recently traveled outside of the United States. Two of the patients were connected, while a third was not. One patient was said to be in serious condition. Russell Hopkins, with NET Health, said they knew of people who had contact with the three COVID-19 patients. The three patients’ samples were tested on Thursday, March 12 at the Tyler testing lab.
  • The fourth case of COVID-19 in Smith County was reported on the evening of Saturday, March 14. According to NET Health, the patient had recent domestic travel history, but contact tracing continued. In a news release, officials said the source of exposure was unknown.
  • The fifth case was reported on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 17. According to NET Health, the patient had direct exposure to a confirmed case in Smith County.
  • The sixth, seventh, and eighth case of COVID-19 were reported on the afternoon of Friday, March 20. According to NET Health, these patients had recent travel history within Texas. Their test results were analyzed and confirmed by private labs. Community spread was confirmed in Smith County, according to city and county officials.
  • The ninth and tenth case were reported on Saturday, March 21. According to NET Health, one of the patients was exposed due to community spread. The other patient was exposed through contact with a previously confirmed case in Smith County.
  • The 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th confirmed cases were reported on Tuesday, March 24.
  • The first COVID-19-related death in East Texas was confirmed Wednesday, March 25. According to the NET Health CEO, the patient was a 91-year-old man who died in a local hospital. The 15th and 16th cases were also announced at a press conference hosted by the City of Tyler. NET Health’s George Roberts also stated 13 of the 16 cases were in Tyler.
  • The 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st cases in Smith County were confirmed by NET Health on the evening of March 25.
  • The 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, and 27th cases in Smith County were confirmed by NET Health on March 27.
  • On Sunday, Mar. 29, NET Health confirmed four new cases of COVID-19, the 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st, in Smith County. According to the NET Health website, a 32nd case was also confirmed on Sunday, Mar. 29.
  • The 33rd, 34th, 35th, and 36th positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed by NET Health on the afternoon of Tuesday, Mar. 31. One of the cases was confirmed to be a resident of Whitehouse, marking the first case in that immediate area. Tuesday evening, NET Health confirmed the 37th case in Smith County. “The majority of the individuals whom comprise today’s announced cases are within self-isolation at their residences. Three of these individuals had recent travel outside of East Texas, yet the remaining individuals were exposed due to community spread,” a news release stated.
  • The 38th, 39th, 40th, 41st, and 42nd cases of COVID-19 in Smith County were confirmed on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 1 by NET Health. That evening, the 43rd, 44th, 45th, 46th, and 47th cases were confirmed. “While most of these individuals were exposed due to community spread, meaning there is no definite source of exposure, one of today’s confirmed cases was exposed due to close contact with a person previously diagnosed with COVID-19.”

TYLER COUNTY (1 CASE)

  • Tyler County has confirmed its first COVID-19 case, a 61 year-old Hillister woman, on Monday, Mar. 30.

UPSHUR COUNTY (3 CASES)

  • Upshur County Judge Todd Tefteller originally reported a case of COVID-19 in the county on the evening of Friday, March 20. In an email sent on Sunday, March 22, Tefteller said the report he received was incorrect and the person does not live in Upshur County.
  • Thursday, March 26, the county judge confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 in the county.
  • Judge Todd Tefteller confirmed a second case of COVID-19 in the county on Monday, Mar. 30. The judge said the case was reported within the Gilmer city limits. “I can only hope that everybody takes the spread of this God forsaken disease seriously,” Tefteller said.
  • The 3rd positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed Wednesday, April 1 by Upshur County Judge Tod Tefteller. “The most recent case emanates from within the city limits of Gilmer.”

VAN ZANDT COUNTY (3 CASES)

  • This case was reported on Wednesday, March 18. On Saturday, March 28 NET Health reported this case was fatal and is the second death in East Texas related to COVID-19. According to NET Health, the patient has a Murchison mailing address but lives in Van Zandt County. Contact-tracing continues and the source of exposure is unknown.
  • On Sunday, Mar. 29, Van Zandt District Judge Chris Martin shared a news release from the county judge’s office that confirmed a 2nd positive case of COVID-19. It stated that there is no evidence of community spread at this time.
  • On Wednesday, April 1, Van Zandt District Judge Chris Martin shared a news release confirming the county’s 3rd positive case of COVID-19. “The patient is currently in home isolation and there is still no confirmed community spread at this time," the news release stated.

WOOD COUNTY (1 CASE)

  • The first case of COVID-19 in Wood County was confirmed on Tuesday, Mar. 31. According to a press release from the office of Judge Lucy Hebron, the individual is hospitalized and was exposed due to community spread.

In many cases, officials did not release personal information like age, gender, or specific cities of residence. Cases of COVID-19 have also been reported outside of the KLTV/KTRE viewing area in Bowie County.

COUNTIES UNDER DECLARATIONS OR ORDERS

(CLICK LINK TO SEE DECLARATION, OR VISIT THE COUNTY’S WEBSITE)

ANGELINA

GREGG

HOPKINS

HUNT

MORRIS

PANOLA

SABINE

TYLER

UPSHUR

ZAVALA

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