"COVID-19, Community spread has been potentially identified in this area..." So begins the sign posted on the corner of Old Bullard Rd and Old Grande Blvd.

The sign continues to warn residents and visitors to this neighborhood to use extreme caution when interacting with people in that section of Tyler.

The COVID-19 statistics for the city of Tyler as of July 9 were a total of 9,782 identified cases, according to a Google search. There have been 3,095 deaths in the United States since March 2020. In Smith County, there have been 8 precious lives who have perished from this global pandemic, and at least 1,300 people have been confirmed with the norovirus.

As a reminder, here are some things we can all do to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds. It helps to sing the chorus of a song you like to help you count out the twenty seconds.
  • Wear a face mask in public places. A recent study shows that wearing a face mask can protect you from COVID-19 germs by 65%.
  • Stay home as much as possible and if you have guests come over, stay socially distant.