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Bell County reports second presumptive positive case of coronavirus

Posted at 8:41 AM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 23:47:22-04

BELTON, TX — A second presumptive positive case of COVID 19 has been identified in Bell County.

Bell County Public Health District identified the second presumptive positive case late last night.

The case is in the confirmatory testing process with the CDC, according to Bell County Public Health.

The individual is a 70-year-old man living in the Belton extraterritorial jurisdiction with a travel history to Europe.

Bell County Public Health has initiated self-isolation protocol and contact tracing for this case.

The county is currently in Stage 2 of its COVID 19 Action Plan, which is being amended today to recommend that all gatherings of 50 or more people be canceled or postponed.

The County’s COVID 19 Action Plan has now been amended to align with the most recent recommendations from the CDC.

“This action is being taken in accordance with guidance from both the CDC and the Bell County Public Health District,” said Bell County Judge David Blackburn. “I urge event organizers to heed the recommendation and cancel or postpone events scheduled within the next eight weeks.”

The initial Bell County COVID 19 Action Plan, released on March 12, 2020, did not include recommendations for gatherings.

Today’s amendment addressing gatherings is in alignment with recommendations made by the CDC on March 15, 2020.