Cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday easily shattered a previous single-day record in Gregg County as they soared by 182 and as neighboring Smith County added 250 cases.
In an afternoon update, Gregg County Health Authority A.J. Harris said the county has now had 668 total cases of the new coronavirus. The county’s Monday total was 486.
Harris said 2,993 people in Gregg County have received negative results, while 273 people have pending results. Cumulative COVID-19 tests within Gregg County add up to 3,934.
Gregg County Health Authority Dr. Lewis Browne said of the 182 new cases, 148 people were tested at community testing sites, while the remaining 34 were tested at physician’s offices or emergency rooms.
At Pine Tree High School on Tuesday, 552 people were tested for the virus, Browne said.
Hospitalizations in Gregg County also saw an increase Tuesday with 50 patients being treated for COVID-19, up by seven since Monday.
The county has recorded 146 recoveries and 14 deaths from the virus.
In Smith County, the Northeast Texas Public Health District reported 1,098 total cases, which includes 294 recoveries, five deaths and 799 active cases.
No new recoveries were reported Tuesday. The previous daily record for new cases was 72 last Friday. Since July 1, there have been 444 new cases added in Smith County.
Of the 250 new cases, 216 are Tyler residents, or 86.4%, based on NET Health data. Of the total cases, 80.5% are Tyler residents.
NET Health said 211 of the 250 new cases in Smith County were from various free testing sites run by the Texas Division of Emergency Management and that 186 of those were from tests performed at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Tyler. NET Health has not received all of the results from the three-day testing at the church.
Tyler hospitals are treating 70 patients from East Texas as of Tuesday, which is down by nine since Monday.
In Harrison County, COVID-19 cases jumped by 16 Tuesday for a new total of 390, including 241 recoveries and 30 deaths, Harrison County Judge Chad Sims said.
Harrison County has 119 active cases as of Tuesday.
Free testing is available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Marshall Convention Center, 2501 East End Blvd. South.
Upshur County has recorded 78 total cases, including 40 recoveries.
NET Health announced Tuesday that Anderson County saw its first COVID-related death, a 76-year-old Palestine man.
Anderson County now has 194 cases, including 95 recoveries, according to NET Health. The numbers do not reflect inmates at the prisons in Tennessee Colony.
Van Zandt County has 150 cases, including three deaths and 35 recoveries, NET Health reported.
Wood County has 115 COVID-19 cases, including the deaths of five Winnsboro residents and 62 recoveries, according to NET Health.