Collin County health officials have identified a Frisco man as a "presumptive positive" case of the novel coronavirus.
The man, who is in his late 30s, had recently traveled to California, where 114 cases of the virus have been confirmed, said Collin County Judge Chris Hill. The man is in isolation at his home, and health officials are monitoring his condition while waiting for the results of further tests to confirm the diagnosis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a presumptive positive case is when a patient has tested positive for the disease by a public health lab, but those results haven't been confirmed by the CDC.
Hill said the risk for coronavirus transmission in Collin County remains low.
In a letter to parents, Frisco ISD Superintendent Mike Waldrip said the man was a parent of a student at Tadlock Elementary School. Waldrip said the district is working with public health officials in Collin and Denton counties to limit coronavirus exposure when students return next week from spring break.
Collin County Resident Tests “Presumptive Positive” for Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/uEYMm5NOiB— Judge Chris Hill (@JudgeChrisHill) March 9, 2020
The case marks the first report of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in North Texas. In the Houston area, 12 cases of the disease have been reported.
Over the weekend, Rice University officials announced they were canceling in-person classes and undergraduate labs after a university employee contracted the disease while traveling overseas.
Last week, Austin city officials announced they were canceling the annual SXSW festival out of concern over the virus.