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Increase in COVID cases in East Texas

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EAST TEXAS–The number of new cases of COVID-19 among persons who live within the seven counties covered by the NET Health Disease Surveillance Division has increased over the past two weeks. Additionally, the number of East Texas patients in Tyler hospitals doubled from 45 July 8, to 85 July 15. 
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Delta Variant is the predominant strain. This is important to note as the Delta variant is more contagious than the original strain of the COVID-19 virus. The COVID-19 vaccine is extremely effective even against the Delta variant. If you are 12 years of age and older, you are urged to get the vaccine as soon as possible. The NET Health Immunizations Clinic at 815 North Broadway Avenue in Tyler provides access for any eligible person to receive the Pfizer vaccine (if you are over the age of 12) or the J & J vaccine (if you are over the age of 18). Interested persons can make an appointment to receive either vaccine by visiting the “Get Vaccinated” section of NETHealthCOVID19.org.
Smith County residents without health insurance can discuss their risk of exposure to COVID-19 by contacting the NET Health Center for Healthy Living from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m, Monday through Friday, at (903) 593–7474.
If you have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 within the last 14 days, symptoms may appear two –14 days after exposure. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include any of the following: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of appetite, sore throat, nasal congestions, runny nose, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and a newly acquired loss of taste or smell. 
To demonstrate the increased number of COVID-19 cases, please refer to the NET Health seven-day rolling rate of COVID-19 calculates the average number of all COVID-positive cases from the previous seven days, divides the total by the population of the county, then multiplies that answer by 100,000. 
NET Health has collaborated with local physicians and epidemiologists to provide weekly updates to the “Community Spread Levels” infographic. “The infographic is intended to provide situational awareness for organizations and entities,” says NET Health Director of Public Health Emergency Preparedness Russell Hopkins, the. The “COVID-19 Community Spread Levels” infographic and updates statistics on COVID-19 in East Texas are located within the “News & Updates” section of NETHealthCOVID19.org.