June 5 2020
…2,499 total tests have been administered in the (Gregg)county as of Sunday, with 2,049 results returning negative and 129 results pending. The county has recorded 10 deaths and 86 COVID-19 recoveries.
In Upshur County, Judge Todd Tefteller said five new positive cases were identified — four in the same household — to raise his county’s total to 37.
And Titus County Judge Brian Lee said his county has recorded 33 more coronavirus cases for a total of 616.
The document says the response “was selected due to its combined command structure among county and city governments and the local health department, which allows for a coordinated response across independent jurisdictions.”
The report, produced by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, details the work of the Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center set up by Smith County, the city of Tyler and the Northeast Texas Public Health District.
The document notes that The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has been instrumental in helping the EOC track cases of COVID-19 in the area, as well as providing testing analysis and reporting through its Public Health Laboratory of East Texas.
The analysis details the planning, logistics, operations and finance elements of running a successful, multi-jurisdiction pandemic response.
It said that these divisions of responsibility ensure that regulatory authority, communication, procurement, screening and testing, contact tracing and isolation of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients are all carried out efficiently and tracked accurately.
Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun, president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, says he’s proud to see officials get the recognition.
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