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Texas Supreme Court Justice Tests Positive for COVID-19

A Texas Supreme Court justice has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is the highest-ranking state official known to have contracted the disease

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A Texas Supreme Court justice said Thursday that she and her husband have tested positive for the 2019 novel coronavirus, making her the highest-ranking state official known to have tested positive for COVID-19.

Justice Debra Lehrmann tweeted that she and her husband, Greg, tested positive after showing symptoms last week. She told the Dallas Morning News both had fever and body aches and went to a drive-through testing center in Austin.

Lehrmann said her health has not interfered with her job, because the state Supreme Court is working remotely.

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She said the couple has "strictly adhered" to stay-at-home orders since early March, cooking all their meals at home and wearing masks and gloves to the grocery store. They did get visits from family, which included an infant grandson.

"We were just extremely careful - and then we get it," Lehrman told The Morning News. "How in the world would that happen? We have no idea. All I know is it must be very contagious."

Texas has reported 51,323 cases of COVID-19 and 1,419 deaths.

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