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Guys, the more we can voluntarily stay home, hunker down, and social distance, the more we can flatten the curve. The curve needs to flatten so that our healthcare system isn’t overwhelmed. If we don’t do a good job voluntarily, then the government might have to step in and lock us down. Please take this seriously. Stay home if you can. Oh, and please go wash your hands one more time. :o)

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UPDATED 3/31: #tylertx: In the Know about COVID-19 Locally


Daily Update on COVID-19 in Smith County

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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Tyler, Texas (Tuesday, March 31)

There are 36 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Smith County as of Tuesday, March 31 at 12 p.m.

There is one (1) COVID-19 related fatality within Smith County as of Tuesday, March 31 at 12 p.m.

Confirmed cases in Smith County: 36

*Northeast Texas Public Health District PIO: Terrence Ates, (903) 343-5451

The Smith County Emergency Operations Center is active and meeting seven days a week to coordinate the best response for the Smith County community.

Two week “Stay at Home” Order issued by Smith County Judge

Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran issued a two-week “Stay at Home” Order for all Smith County residents on Friday, March 27, 2020.

The order is an amendment to Smith County’s “Declaration of Local Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency for Smith County, Texas.”

The “Stay at Home Order” takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020, and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2020, unless otherwise extended or terminated by further order of Judge Moran.

To view the Order and accompanying press release, please visit and click the red banner at the top of the page.

City of Tyler

While parks and trails remain open for use by the public, the basketball courts in all City parks have been closed.

The City of Tyler will extend modified facility operations until Friday, April 17. All events City-operated or in a City facility have been suspended through April 17.

Get more information on closures or adjusted services:

City of Tyler PIO: Jenny Wells, (903) 944-9136


Smith County

Smith County remains open to the public, but with limited walk-in services.  The County encourages people to conduct their businesses online. Many non-essential services are by appointment only.  The Smith County Tax Office is closed to the public until further notice, but is still working to assist Smith County residents and businesses. Employees will continue working, answering the phones and mail. For more information or to make a payment, call (903) 590-2920 for property taxes and (903) 590-2900 for auto registration. Jury duty continues to be suspended through May 1. For a full list of adjusted services, please visit
Smith County PIO: Casey Murphy, (903) 590-4607

Tyler Independent School District

Tyler ISD Curbside Meals continue at Boulter, Hubbard, Moore and Three Lakes middles schools, Caldwell Arts Academy, and Austin, Griffin and Peete elementary schools Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Beginning April 6, Dixie Elementary School will be an added meal location. Additionally, Social and Emotional Learning resources for students and families can be found at   For Curbside Meal information and/or answers to Frequently Asked Questions, go to

TISD PIO: Jennifer Hines, (903) 521-5887

Hospital Updates

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

Texas authorities have published a form to aid in the process of identifying who is crossing from Louisiana into Texas to support the response to coronavirus.

The Texas Division of Emergency Management has published an online form for people to fill out who plan to cross west into Texas. It lists out the different categories of positions approved to opt-out of the required two-week quarantine. The agency will review each submission on a case-by-case basis and issue letters for the individual to carry with them should they encounter law enforcement.

The form can be found by visiting and selecting “GA-11 and GA-12 Travel Exemption Form. See attached press release from DPS for more information.

The Joint Information Center

The Joint Information Center (J.I.C.) has been put in place as an information agency to best communicate with the public from a centralized location for agencies like the City of Tyler, Smith County, Tyler Independent School District and the Northeast Public Health District.

See Daily Update on COVID-19 in Smith County

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Information for COVID-19 Employers, Jobseekers and Child Care

The Texas Department of State Health Services is tracking cases of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The numbers include confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported by local and regional public health jurisdictions to DSHS and are listed by the person’s county of residence.

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Experience The Beautiful Azalea & Spring Flower Trails via Social Distancing

The 2020 Azalea & Spring Flowers Trails

Although a lot of events have been canceled, you can still see the beautiful Azalea Trails and maintain a safe “social distance” via driving through the trails. We encourage everyone to stay in your cars and practice social distancing while enjoying the beauty of the season. And if you’re sick, stay home.

Here is a map for the routes:

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What Will Make This Better? BE{ER}!

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Ok, I’ll admit to having a few days off was kinda nice. I’m not saying I accomplished anything but I did at least get to veg some on the couch and finally get my clocks reset for Daylight Savings Time. Oh, and most importantly, I  got to try some of ETX Brewing, 221 S. Broadway in Downtown Tyler (rather the “Just Off the Square” area) beers that I have been wanting to check out via their new custom-made Sampler 6-packs!

Yes, you read that right. ETX Brewing is now offering 6-packs that they have custom-made with one each of six of their beers! These include one of each of their favorites: 1846 IPA, Park Ranger, Lost Gem, Hitching Post, Texas Stout of Mind, and Brickstreet Blonde.

Each beer has a different style and taste. This is a great way to try them out and practice social distancing.

Speaking of which, ETX is taking action above and beyond the CDC recommendations. This includes Curbside Service for 6 packs of Beer & Growlers (YES!!!!). If you would like to place a curbside order, please call ahead at (903)630-7720. They are open regular business hours until further notice.

The Sampler Beers included are:

1846 IPA: An American style IPA. At the bottom range of bitterness for the style and dry-hopped with bold, fruity El Dorado hops. LOUIE’S FAV!
Park Ranger: Orange Creamsicle Milkshake IPA. Citrusy orange flavors & aroma from massive dry hopping with a creamy mouth-feel from the addition of milk, sugar, and low bitterness.
Lost Gem: Classic German-style Kolsch, lightly hopped with German Spalt hops. This is a great thirst-quenching summer beer.
Hitching Post:  A medium body, easy drinking Amber Ale with a perfect balance of malt and hops producing caramel notes and malty sweetness.
Texas Stout of Mind: This chocolate, coffee and oatmeal stout aka Breakfast Stout is made with Belgium chocolate and locally roasted coffee from Texas State of Mind!
Brickstreet Blonde: A classic American Blonde Ale that is light, crisp, and lightly hopped with mild maltiness.

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ETX Brewing Co. is a family-owned Microbrewery located just “Off the Square,” in Downtown, Tyler, TX. From their Facebook page: “We provide quality craft beers to a wide range of enthusiasts. Our beers appeal to those looking to enter the craft beer market and equally to those dedicated to the craft beer movement; our products push the palette’s limit with creative styles. Our values are centered around making a positive impact on the community while becoming a great representation of craft brewers.”

Check them out outside on their picnic tables. The Porch is right next door and part of the ETX Brewing family.

ETX Brewing Company welcomes your pets outside on the patio.

Convenient parking in the FREE parking garage is right next door.

Brian and Matt, brothers, have been brewing collectively for 20 years. Through this passion for creativity, they turned their focus from a hobby and an outlet, into a plan to pursue a dream. ETX Brewing Co. is a production brewery and taproom, representing a business that has a focus to help the community.

ETX Brewing is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and online at

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