Co-Recipients of the 2022 "Doc" Ballard Award

The Northeast Texas Public Health District (NET Health) is pleased to announce the co-recipients of the 2022 W. T. “Doc” Ballard Award for Excellence in Public Health, Meteorologist Mark Scirto, Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks, and Tyler Fire Chief David Coble.

Mark Scirto is the Chief Meteorologist for KLTV 7. Mark graduated in 1982 from the University of St. Thomas in Houston with a degree in Meteorology and joined KLTV in January 1987.  Mark remained as the original Daybreak Meteorologist for four years before moving to KPLC-TV Channel 7 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where he worked as Chief Meteorologist for three years. In 1994, he re-joined KLTV and has been nominated for a Dallas Press Club Katie Award, an honor no other meteorologist in our area has ever received. Mark has held the Seals of Approval from the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society since 1989. 

Jay Brooks was appointed as the Smith County Fire Marshal in 2014 and then again in 2019. He also serves as the Smith County Emergency Management Coordinator and chairman of the Local Emergency Management Committee.  In 1998, Marshal Brooks served Smith County as a volunteer recovery diver and firefighter/EMT-B. He became a peace officer and joined the Smith County Fire Marshal's Office in 2008 as a volunteer deputy and is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and a Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator by the National Association of Fire Investigators. 

Chief David Coble started career in 1984 with the Fort Worth Fire Department reaching the rank of Executive Assistant Fire Chief. He served as interim Fort Worth Fire Chief before retiring in 2016, then being selected for the position of Tyler Fire Chief on September 28, 2016.  In addition to his fire service duties, Chief Coble serves the community through Leadership Tyler, the Salvation Army, the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, and as the City of Tyler’s Liaison to Veteran Groups in Smith County. 

Click here to read the full media release and to view photos from the 2022 "Doc" Ballard Award Ceremony.

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COVID vaccines provided at our NET Health Immunizations Clinic.

The NET Health COVID Vaccine Clinic is located at 815 North Broadway Avenue.  Our offices will be closed for Independence Day and will reopen on Tuesday July 5th, 2022.

Hours of operation Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Anyone age 6 months and over can receive either the Pfizer vaccine or the Moderna vaccine at our NET Health Immunizations Clinic.

** Click here to view the schedule for children and teens to start and to complete their COVID vaccine primary series **

Parents and guardians of children who are eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should consult a healthcare provider if they have questions about the benefits and risks of their child(ren) receiving the COVID vaccine.

People over the age of 50 can now get an additional booster 4 months after their prior booster dose to increase their protection further. This is especially important for those 65 and older and those 50 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase their risk for severe disease from COVID-19 as they are the most likely to benefit from receiving an additional booster dose at this time.

No appointment is necessary.  Click here for more information.

FREE COVID At-Home Tests Can be Sent Directly To You!

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free.

Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.

Click here to order.

7-Day Rolling Rate of Community Spread of COVID-19

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The NET Health 7-Day Rolling Rate calculates the average number of all COVID-positive cases from the previous seven days.  That answer is then divided by the population of the county, then multiplied by 100,000, and that final number is the 7-Day Rolling Rate.

Each week, the 7-Day Rolling Rates for each county will be updated on this page and within the 'Educate Your Communities' page of

This infographic should not be used as the only base of information for businesses, neighborhoods, school districts, worksites, or cities to consider future decisions. 

It is a resource for everyone to use but other sources of information still need to be referenced for your local decision making processes.

Vaccinations Available at Our NET Health Immunizations Clinic

Vaccines are available for kids of all ages to stay up-to-date on scheduled vaccines, so that parents can plan ahead to decide when to bring their K-12th grade children, and so that graduating seniors can obtain their meningitis vaccines before going to college.

Located at 815 North Broadway Avenue in Tyler, the NET Health Immunizations Clinic performs temperature checks of all our employees and all customers, to make sure everyone practices safe social distancing guidelines. Parents are strongly urged to please call us first to verify the status of your health insurance coverage.  

When a family arrives, please call our main phone number before coming to our front entrance, so we can greet you and perform our safety check at the front entrance.

The NET Health Immunizations Clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

On Wednesdays, our hours are 8:00am – 11:00am and 1:00pm – 6:00pm.  

Our phone number is (903) 510 - 5604, and you can email us at "[email protected]".

Free Diabetes Management Sessions at The Center for Healthy Living

Every Tuesday, the Center for Healthy Living invites you to learn easy ways to improve their personal health by attending our sessions that start at 5:00 p.m.

These free educational sessions can be attended via Zoom or in-person. You can attend these free sessions with your spouse, your caretaker, and family member or any friend who may be helping you to control your Type-2 Diabetes, for anyone who seeks support in managing and minimizing the risks of developing chronic illness caused from Diabetes is invited.

To be a part of these free events, contact Joy Johnson at [email protected], or you can call our Community Health Workers by calling (903) 593 - 7474.

"Public health affects everyone everyday, regardless of where you live, regardless of your income, regardless of your family size."

What would our community look like if you did not have a public health department?

Click below to view the informative video listed on NET Health's YouTube channel.

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