TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - All counties in the Northeast Texas Public Health District jurisdiction are experiencing the highest level of COVID-19 community spread, according to NET Health CEO George Roberts.
A map released at Wednesday morning’s Tyler City Council meeting shows “substantial community spread” has been detected in Smith, Gregg, Wood, Rains, Van Zandt, Henderson, and Anderson counties. This is the first time the highest level of spread has been detected in all of the seven counties included in NET Health’s jurisdiction.
NET Health defines substantial spread as “large scale, uncontrolled community transmission.” The community spread levels are determined using the average number of all positive cases from the previous seven days. That answer is then divided by the population of the county, then multiplied by 100,000, and the final number is the 7-Day Rolling Rate.
“This is a team sport,” Roberts said. “We need everybody to really pay attention to this. We need to be mindful and not grow weary while we’re almost to the end.”