SMITH COUNTY — Jenny Wells told KTBB, “as of noon Thursday, there are 21 cases of coronavirus in Smith County.” Wells continued, “if someone thinks they may have the coronavirus stay home period, and make sure to call ahead before going to the doctor, so they can have the personal protection equipment ready, and then you can come in and leave and go back home, don’t go to the store before you get the results.”
The total confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in Van Zandt County is 1, 4 in Gregg County, 21 in Smith County, 2 cases in Rusk County, and 1 case in Harrison County.
“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 and limiting all non-essential travel within your communities.”
Evidence of community spread of the COVID-19 virus has been found in the county. Best practices: Call Centers established for patient screening. The Smith County Emergency Operations Center is active and meeting seven days a week to coordinate the best response for the Smith County community.
If you are experiencing or developing COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, call to speak with a clinician who will provide telephonic triage and make appropriate referrals in accordance with CDC guidelines. Additionally, you may visit http://www.coronavirus.gov 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.
To coordinate prescreening and referral directly with UT Health East Texas, patients may call (903) 596- DOCS. To coordinate prescreening and referral directly with CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances, patients may call (903) 606-DOCS. **In the event of an emergency, call 911.