Two Reagan County Care Center employees have tested positive for COVID-19 according to Reagan Hospital District CEO Jonathan Voelkel.

Voelkel said the employees were not in direct patient care areas, and exhibited no symptoms of the virus prior to testing.

The Care Center began testing all residents and employees following the directive handed down by State and Federal governments.

Care Center residents were tested first, with staff being tested the following day.

A total of 96 tests were administered at the Care Center with 87 coming back negative, two positive and seven remain pending.

The seven pending results are all employees. All resident tests came back with negative results.

Voelkel said the tests were administered by a nursing team from Reagan Memorial Hospital. The district contracted with a lab based out of Houston, Altru Diagnostics, Inc., to process the tests. Results came back within 24 to 48 hours for each test.

Families of Care Center residents have been contacted to notify them of the two positive results.

Voelkel said the two employees who tested positive will be self-quarantined at the direction of their primary care physician.

He also said the district is looking at setting up a process to test all Care Center staff and residents again in two weeks.

Voelkel said there are still a few employees who need to be tested in this first round due to them being off when testing occurred.

He said the Care Center has been very cautious since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue to update their processes to protect the residents.

As for other COVID-19 testing conducted in Reagan County, Reagan Memorial Hospital has tested a total of 48 people with 42 returning negative, one returning positive and five pending. The one positive was attributed to Glasscock County by the State.

A mobile testing site was also set up at the Reagan County Community Building on May 7th. A total of 26 people were tested at the site with all of those returning negative.

This is a developing story. We will update as soon as more information is available.