KEY POINTS

  • Two DPS Texas employees tested positive for coronavirus
  • DPS officials said the cases were reported to public health authorities
  • The officers tested positive were located at Belton and Carrollton cities, San Antonio

Two Texas employees from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) have tested positive for coronavirus.

The officers had last visited the office on Monday. It was unclear as to whether or not the employees had interacted with the public.

The DPS released an official statement mentioning the location of the offices where the infected employees worked. They also mentioned that the cases were reported to public health authorities.

“Public safety is our number one concern, and the department will work in conjunction with public health authorities to provide any additional information necessary to notify the public of these positive cases. DPS continues to follow guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement read.

One of the employees worked at Carrollton Mega Center driver’s license office on 4600 State Hwy 121 and the other employee worked in recruitment at the Belton office located at 2501 South Loop 121. The names of the employees were not revealed.

The governor of Texas ordered all drivers’ license offices across the state to be closed in order to prevent the spread of the virus. He also granted DPS the authority to extend the expiration dates on Texas identification card, driver license, and commercial driver license or election identification cards.

On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order limiting social gatherings to not more than 10 people, the order also prohibits going to gyms, dining in at restaurants, however, takeouts were allowed.  Schools were also ordered to remain closed throughout the state. The order will be implemented from 11:59 p.m. Friday, and will remain in effect till 11:59 p.m. April 3, 2020.