7 East Texas counties overseen by NET Health seeing minimal community spread of COVID-19 ahead of holidays

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TYLER, Texas (KETK) – On Monday, all of the seven counties represented by the NET Health jurisdiction, reached minimal community spread levels of COVID-19. This is positive news for East Texans since Thanksgiving and Christmas are only weeks away.

The Community Spread Levels are determined by the NET Health 7-Day Rolling Rate calculations with the average number of all COVID-positive cases from the past seven days. The answer is then divided by the population and multiplied by 100,000.

“Our seven counties that we work with right now are in minimal spread, so that’s good news. But again, we encourage people to go get vaccinated, if they have not been vaccinated for COVID,” said George Roberts, the NET Health CEO.

There are three COVID-19 Community Spread Levels with the NET Health Jurisdiction: Minimal, Moderate, and Substantial.

Minimal Community Spread is evidence of isolated cases of limited community transmission case investigations underway. There is no evidence of exposure in a large congregate setting.

Moderate Community Spread is sustained transmission with confirmed exposure within congregate settings and potential for rapid increase in cases.

Substantial Community Spread is large-scale, uncontrolled community transmission, including congregate settings for example: schools, workplaces, nursing homes, daycares, etc.

Photo courtesy of NET Health Northeast Texas Public Health District

The following chart represents the Community Spread Levels as of Nov. 9 through Nov. 15.

As of Nov. 15, the following numbers represent the total number of active COVID-19 cases in each county, according to the Department of State Health Services:

  • SMITH – 629
  • GREGG – 215
  • ANDERSON – 95
  • HENDERSON – 165
  • VAN ZANDT – 175
  • WOOD – 135
  • RAINS – 18

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