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A Copperas Cove resident has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a news release from the city.

The resident — the first reported case of the virus in Cove — has voluntarily quarantined themselves until they are well, according to the release.

The resident was tested at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple. The test result was conveyed to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Staff with the TDSHS informed Coryell County Judge Roger Miller who then notified City Manager Ryan Haverlah, according to the release.

The Cove resident is a 55-year-old woman who works at a longterm healthcare facility in Belton, according to a news release from Coryell County. Harrell contacted state health officials who confirmed the information. Coryell County Health Authority, JD Sheffield, was subsequently contacted by the Texas Department of State Health Services and provided official notification, according to the release.

Bob Harrell, the emergency management coordinator for the county, first heard of the case around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the release from the county.

The first Bell County resident to test positive for the virus worked at Laerdal Medical in Gatesville. Around March 19, the medical plant was closed and employees were on voluntary self quarantine, officials said.

“Residents are reminded not to panic, to follow social distance requirements and to limit travel to necessary reasons only,” according to Wednesday’s release from Copperas Cove.

A special Copperas Cove City Council meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday evening in the council chambers to further discuss the previously issued disaster declaration and approve an amendment or extension. The meeting will be over the telephone in order to advance the public health goal of social distancing, according to the release.

The public may participate in the meeting by calling 888-475-4499.

Written questions or comments may also be submitted up to two hours before the meeting by emailing Lisa Wilson, the city secretary, at lwilson@copperascovetx.gov.

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