Representatives with the City of Lubbock Health Department confirmed the first two cases of COVID-19 in Lubbock County. One is a resident of Lubbock County, one is a resident of the neighboring county to the west, Hockley County.
The two cases are unrelated and both are travel related, Director of Public Health Katherine Wells said. The two people were told to self-quarantine and stay at home.
The health department received word of the positive tests around 5:30 Tuesday evening, roughly 24 hours after the tests were administered.
Public health authority Dr. Ronald Cook, D.O., who is a family medicine physician in Lubbock, said the area's health care system is prepared for COVID-19.
"We will weather this storm. We're strong West Texas people," Dr. Cook said during an impromptu press conference Tuesday night. "If you heard Tedd Mitchell tonight on the FOX News, he said 'we must choose to be sacrificial and not choose to be selfish.' Please check on your neighbors , it's our job to make sure we take care of each other."
Mayor Dan Pope said a "Coffee with the Mayor" that was scheduled for Wednesday morning in canceled.
Dr. Cook said there are not enough test kits to test everyone nationwide. At this point medical professionals are testing individuals who are most likely to test positive, based on doctors' evaluations and the patient's travel history.