Twelve tested for COVID-19 in one local county; 3 were negative

A nurse holds swabs and a test tube kit to test people for COVID-19, the disease that is caused by the new coronavirus, at a drive through station set up in the parking lot of the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., Monday, March 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) Twelve people have been tested since Friday for the new coronavirus in Coryell County after an employee Laerdal Medical tested presumptively positive for the virus and three of the 12 tested negative, the county said in a press release Tuesday.

“We are expecting more results today, as the remaining persons tested continue to home quarantine awaiting results,” the county said.

The 29-year-old Belton man visited Barcelona, Spain and Paris between March 4 and March 10.

Coryell County Judge Roger Miller issued a disaster declaration as a result of case.

Commissioners met Tuesday in Gatesville and authorized hiring three temporary employees to field calls from residents about COVID-19.

Coryell Memorial Hospital has set up a triage area where emergency room patients will be screened for the virus before admission.

“Citizens are to contact their medical provider prior to going to local hospitals, once the physician advises the citizen to seek medical treatment they are to go to the triage area outside the medical facility where they will be evaluated for symptoms and if further testing is needed,” the county said.

A 70-year-old Belton man who recently traveled to Europe has also tested presumptively positive for the virus.

Health officials in Brazos County on Tuesday confirmed the county's first positive case of the novel coronavirus.

Officials said the patient is a woman in her 20s.

They said the woman is not associated with Texas A&M University or Blinn College.

It was not immediately clear if the woman traveled abroad or to areas of the state with confirmed cases.