Local public health officials to announce COVID-19 response strategies today

by Staff reports

TYLER – NET Health, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, and UT Health East Texas will provide updates relative to the increase in COVID 19 in the community during a during a 1 p.m. conference today at Tyler City Hall, 212 N. Bonner Ave. in Tyler.

Speakers will include George Roberts, CEO, Northeast Texas Public Health District; Mark Anderson, MD, Chief Medical Officer, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System; Dr. Tom Cummins, chief medical officer, UT Health East Texas; and Paul McGaha, DO, Smith County Health Authority.

Meanwhile, health officials stressed that East Texas residents are reminded to take the same measures that are recommended annually to prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory viruses. Everyone should:

- Practice social distancing by making sure to keep at least 6 feet of physical distance from anyone who does not live within your immediate household

- Avoid being physically near anyone who is sick

- Stay home if you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19

- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

- Clean frequently touched objects using a household cleaning spray and/or disinfecting wipes

“COVID-19 infections have dramatically increased in our area,” Roberts said. “We need everyone to help control the spread, especially with the upcoming holiday seasons."