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No new coronavirus cases, 52 active cases in Smith County

Posted/updated on: May 25, 2020 at 4:40 pm
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TYLER — The Smith County Emergency Operations Center reported no new coronavirus cases heading into Memorial day weekend, keeping the latest total at 198 positive cases in Smith County. There are currently 52 active cases. There are 152 cases of recovery. No new deaths are included in the latest update, leaving that number at four. Re-opening resources are available to business owners from the State of Texas: just click the link.

Northeast Texas Public Health District
The Northeast Texas Public Health District, in partnership with the local government, hospital systems and colleges, has established an additional call center to assist with novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pre-screening for individuals without primary care physicians. Should you be experiencing or developing COVID-19 symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, fever, cough or shortness of breath, call (903) 617-6404 to speak with a representative who will make referrals to physicians.

Smith County
Most of Smith County’s offices opened back up to the public on Friday, May 1, after the local and state “Stay at Home” Orders expired April 30. Most county offices that had limited in-person contact with the public will reopen in a manner consistent with the guidelines and directives of the Governor Gregg Abbott’s Office and reflective of the phased reopening of private businesses. Some offices are changing the way they interact with the public while others will keep their doors closed for a bit longer. Even though Smith County officials have revised the way some of their offices offer services to help stop the spread of COVID-19, essential services have never stopped. Jury duty continues to be suspended through at least June 1. For a full list of adjusted Smith County services, please visit

City of Tyler
The Tyler Parks and Recreation Department, following the guidelines of the governor, will open some facilities. All open facilities will adhere to the capacity limit set forth by the Governor. The City of Tyler will be rigorously adhering to all social distancing and hygiene standards. We encourage our customers to continue utilizing all online resources to limit face-to-face contact with our staff for both the customer’s and our staff’s protection.

See a complete list of closures and facility phone information below. This list is subject to change and will be updated on the Parks and Rec website.

Athletic Fields, (903) 531-1370

Opening for practice May 31. Games will be allowed to resume June 15.

Harvey Convention Center and Parks Offices, (903) 531-1370


Tyler Senior Center, (903) 597-0781


Glass Recreation Center, (903) 595-7271

The Glass Recreation Center is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Showers will remain closed as ordered by Governor Abbott.

A maximum of 15 visitors at a time will be allowed in the building, with a limit of 1.5 hours per visit. Each specific exercise area will have a capacity restriction.

Gym: 4 people

Weight Room: 3 people
Track: 5 people
Cardio Room: 3 people

Some classes and programming will be provided outdoors. Interested members must pre-register for classes by calling (903) 595-7271.

Tyler Rose Garden Center, (903) 531-1212

Rose Garden is open to visitors from sunrise to sunset. The doors to the Center facing the garden will be unlocked during office hours for those visiting the garden to use the restroom.

Goodman Museum, (903) 531-1286

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. A maximum of 5 visitors at a time will be allowed in the building, with a limit of 1 hour per visit.

See a complete list of closures and facility phone information below. This list is subject to change and will be updated on the City’s website.

Tyler Independent School District Tyler ISD will host graduation ceremonies June 3 through June 6 at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium for more than 1,100 RISE Academy, Early College High School, John Tyler High School and Robert E. Lee High School seniors. All candidates for graduation and guests will be required to follow state mandated health protocols including social distancing guidelines and safety and security measures at each ceremony. Final details are still being worked out. Please visit for additional graduation information. For district updates such as grading, GPA, Distance Learning information and other frequently asked questions, go to

Hospital Updates Due to CDC recommendation, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances is asking all patients, visitors and employees to wear a mask while visiting facilities. Homemade cloth masks are appropriate for visitors. Providers and health care workers will continue to use appropriate medical masks (PPE) when working. Both CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic and UT Health East Texas have expanded telehealth services and online screening tools to best serve their patients. Telehealth services will be HIPPA-compliant. 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 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.

Texas Department of Public Safety
The Texas Department of Public Safety has established a webpage to answer frequently asked questions about required quarantine regarding air travel:

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Terminating Air Travel Restrictions Related To COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order (GA-24) terminating air travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor’s new order immediately terminates all restrictions contained in the Governor’s previous Executive Order (GA-20) that mandated temporary quarantines for air travelers arriving from the following areas of the United States: California; Connecticut; New York; New Jersey; Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; or Miami, Florida.

If your Texas DL, ID, CLP, CDL card or EIC expires on or after March 13, 2020, you are granted a waiver for the expiration date for 60 days after the Department provides further public notice that normal operations have resumed. You may download a copy of the Verification of Driver License Expiration Extension (PDF) notice. All local and state law enforcement officials have been notified of this expiration waiver. When the Department resumes normal operations, you will be able to renew without any penalty.

Customers can conduct their transactions online, by phone or by mail. DPS encourages Texans to check the expiration date on their card and call 1-866-DL-RENEW (1-886-357-3639) or visit to see if you’re eligible to conduct your transaction online.

The fee is the same for online, in-person and telephone renewals. For additional information about renewing your DL or ID card, visit the DPS website. Address changes and replacement of a lost DL or ID can also be taken care of online (or by mail) in many instances. Find out if you are eligible for online services by visiting

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