TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Health officials have released more specific information about the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Smith County.
According to NET Health CEO George Roberts, there are 62 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Smith County as of 3:30 Sunday afternoon, with 38 of them being community spread and 24 travel related. Thirty-two of the total cases are male, and 30 of them are female. A second death has occurred, as well.
From NET Health:
NET Health has confirmed the second death in East Texas related to COVID-19.
The individual is a 56 year-old male who NET Health announced as the singular confirmed case of COVID-19 in the city of Troup. “Our prayers and our sympathy are extended to the family during the time of their tragic loss”, expresses Mayor Joe Carlyle.
The first COVID-19-related death in Smith County was a 91 year-old male who resided in the City of Hideaway.
Five new positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Smith County have also been confirmed and the Smith County COVID-19 Dashboard is updated as of Sunday, April 5, 2020.
The total confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in Smith County is sixty-two (62).
“Community spread means there is more than one possible source for COVID-19 to become acquired by any individual, “says George Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of NET Health. “The public has the responsibility, more than ever, to follow recommendations from health officials, such as physical distancing yourself from others as much as possible, while also remaining socially connected with family members and friends using technology.”
If you have been exposed to a sick traveler, or have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, and you are experiencing fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please contact your healthcare provider.
If you believe you have COVID-19 symptoms, please be sure to call before going to your doctor or emergency department to prevent any potential spread. More info about ways to slow disease transmission are maintained at https://www.NETHealthCOVID19.org.
Roberts shared the following about those cases:
- 49 are in Tyler
- 5 in Flint
- 5 in Whitehouse
- 1 in Troup
- 1 in Hideaway
- 1 in Lindale
He also revealed these statistics about their ages:
- 2 is 00-20
- 16 are 21-40
- 21 are 41-59
- 20 are 60- 79
- 3 are over 80
Roberts again urged residents to implement social distancing and follow the stay-at-home orders because people can be positive and not show any symptoms.
Roberts said you should act as though everyone is a carrier of COVID-19. He added that one person can infect up to four people.
In response to a question about the number of ventilators available, Roberts said "right now at this particular moment in time we are OK,” Roberts said.
Officials with the City of Tyler and Smith County will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m. Friday to discuss more on the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are 152 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas as of 11 a.m. Friday and 53 of those cases are in Smith County.
KLTV will be streaming the press conference on East Texas Now. Mobile users click here to watch live.