Tyler COVID-19 vaccine

A health care worker at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler receives a COVID-19 vaccine in December.

Public health officials on Monday reported East Texas patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Tyler hospitals reached a pandemic high of 359.

The number is up from 307 reported Thursday by the Northeast Texas Public Health District, while the previous high since the start of the pandemic was 319.

The health district, known as NET Health, in its biweekly update Monday reported 334 new cases of COVID-19 in Gregg County residents pushing active cases in the county to 2,225. Of those, 986 are confirmed cases and 1,269 are probable.

In the county, nearly 14,000 cases have been reported since the start of the pandemic with 11,533 of those recovered. Deaths from the virus on Monday remained unchanged since Thursday’s report of 205.

Gregg County’s seven-day rolling rate of inflection dipped slightly to 80.45 from 83.21 reported this past week. The metric denotes the number of new cases in the past seven days per capita.

Gregg, however, remains among six of seven counties for which NET Health provides disease surveillance seeing levels of new cases that represent “substantial” community spread.

Smith, Henderson, Rains, Van Zandt and Wood counties also have seven-day rolling rates of infection of 35 or more signifying “large-scale, uncontrolled community transmission,” according to NET Health.

Anderson County’s seven-day rolling rate of infection was 27.21 and rising from the previous week.

In Smith County, NET Health reported 529 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases Monday. Of those, 288 are confirmed cases, while 241 are probable.

Texas Department of State Health Services data show vaccination rates in Gregg and Smith counties continue to lag behind statewide numbers.

In Gregg County, 50.67% of people 12 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 41.31% of that population is fully vaccinated, according to state data.

In Smith County, 49.69% of people 12 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 41.46% of people 12 and older have been fully vaccinated.

According to state data, 55.55% of residents in the state who are 12 or older have been fully vaccinated.

Other counties

In Henderson County, NET Health reported 1057 total active cases on Monday. The county has had 127 deaths since the pandemic began.

Anderson County had 298 active cases confirmed. The county has had 84 deaths from the virus.

In Rains County, the health district reported 161 active cases. The county has had 14 deaths from the virus during the pandemic.

Wood County had 756 total active cases of COVID-19. The county has had 88 deaths, according to NET Health.

In Van Zandt County, there were 1,057 confirmed and probable active cases. The county has had 127 deaths from the virus, NET Health reported.

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