3 members of North Texas family test ‘presumptive positive’ for COVID-19, according to officials

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Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots.

Transmission electron microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV. The spherical viral particles, colorized blue, contain cross-sections through the viral genome, seen as black dots.

COLLIN COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A North Texas man and two members of his family have tested “presumptive positive” for COVID-19, according to Collin County health officials and KXAS-TV.

The man, who currently lives in Frisco and is in his 30s, traveled California on a business trip in late February, Collin County Health Care Services officials said in a statement. He is being cared for by county staff at his home and is in stable condition. His wife and his 3-year-old child also tested a presumptive positive. Officials re-tested another child and are waiting on those results.

Further testing is required to confirm the initial results.

Health officials tested all six members of the family and someone who had come in contact on Monday. Besides the mother, father, 3-year-old and one other child who’s test was inconclusive, the others tested negative. All seven people are stable and self-quarantined.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there are 15 positive cases in the state of Texas, concentrated in the Houston area, as of Tuesday morning.

Collin County officials said the man did not show any symptoms when flying home and “he did not pose a risk to others who were on the same plane.” They also said the family has two school-aged children who tested negative and were not contagious when they attended school. The immediate risk of transmission of COVID-19 in Collin County remains low, officials said.

“CCHCS is also monitoring the man’s family, setting up any needed tests, and working to identify any contacts who may have been exposed while he was infectious,” the statement said. “Anyone found to have had close contact to the patient will be contacted directly by county health care staff.”

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