Employee of local long-term healthcare facility has COVID-19

Published: Mar. 25, 2020 at 9:20 AM CDT
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A resident of Copperas Cove has tested positive for COVID-19.

The 55-year-old woman works for a long-term healthcare facility in Belton, Coryell County officials said in a press release Wednesday afternoon.

“We expected to have a positive case at some point, and now we do. But it is not something to fear or cause panic,” Coryell County officials said.

She was tested in the emergency room of Scott & White Medical Center in Temple and is now in self-isolation at her home, officials said.

At least three long-term care employees and two patients at two facilities in Bell County have tested positive for the virus.

The case was the first reported in Coryell County.

"Residents are reminded not to panic, please continue to follow social distance requirements and to limit travel to reasons necessary only to sustain those minimum essential needs of your household," Copperas Cove Emergency Management Coordinator Gary Young said.

The Copperas Cove City Council has scheduled a special meeting Thursday evening to discuss the city's existing disaster declaration and approve an amendment and extension.

As of Wednesday, 23 cases had been reported in McLennan County, 19 in Bell County, two in Milam County, and one each in Limestone, Falls and Robertson counties.

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