Dell employee visited Austin area before testing positive for COVID-19 in India


AUSTIN (KXAN) – A Dell employee from India who visited the Austin area and Round Rock’s Dell campus in late-February has tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to a Dell spokesperson and Austin Public Health.

The employee, a man in his 40s tested positive Monday morning after returning to India.

He reportedly traveled from Austin to New York City on Feb. 28, then to Dubai on Feb. 29. He returned to India March 1 and developed symptoms four days later.

The report says he was placed in isolation on March 8 before his lab results returned positive for the virus on Monday morning.

It’s not when or how long the man was at the Dell Campus in Round Rock. City officials say they’ve been in touch with Dell to provide any information they have.

Dell tells us another employee who returned from Austin to India was tested for COVID-19, but tested negative.

A spokesperson for the company tells us:

For our Central Texas facilities, Dell’s Environmental Health and Safety team is working to identify if these team members were present in any of these buildings during their visit, and make sure they follow any remaining quarantine requirements. We’re also notifying the hotel where these employees were staying so they can take the appropriate health and safety measures for their guests.

The city of Austin’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management office say it believes the risk to the community is low.

Officials also said they don’t believe the man had symptoms while in Austin.

As of Monday afternoon, Austin doesn’t have a positive case for COVID-19. There are 12 cases in the state of Texas, concentrated in the Houston area. 16 people have tested positive for coronavirus in New York City.

According to The News Minute report, 45 people have contracted the virus in India.

Karnataka state health officials say it’s the first positive case of the new coronavirus disease within the Indian state.

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