DPS employee provided false COVID-19 test result information

Source: CDC via MGN
Source: CDC via MGN(KALB)
Published: Mar. 23, 2020 at 6:40 PM CDT
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Last week, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced that two employees were diagnosed with COVID-19. On Monday afternoon, they issued a statement updating that information.

The employee from the Carrolton Driver's License office provided false information and was actually negative for COVID-19. Meaning there is only one confirmed case within the Texas DPS.

The employee works with recruiting at its Belton office. The employee was last at the office on Mar. 16.

See the official statement below.

Last week, the department was informed by one of our employees — an individual who worked in the Carrollton Driver License Office — that this individual had tested positive for COVID-19. In our efforts to notify and work with the public health authorities, it has been brought to the department’s attention that this individual provided us with false information, and in fact, the individual had tested negative for COVID-19. The department is taking the appropriate disciplinary actions against this employee for providing false information. As a law enforcement agency, public safety is our No. 1 priority. Our mission is to protect and serve, especially when challenges arise like the ones we are facing today. We are deeply troubled that any inaccuracies were provided to the public based on the information given to us by one of our employees. The department is taking additional steps to ensure that this does not happen again.

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