Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokesperson for his office.
Kevin Quinn, the spokesperson, said in a text message Thursday that Rosen has been working from home and under self-quarantine since experiencing a “slight fever” on May 18. Rosen got tested that day and on May 23 received a positive result for COVID-19, the contagious disease caused by the new coronavirus.
“I appreciate everybody being so thoughtful and kind in sending well wishes,” Rosen said in a statement. “We will get past this. It is more important than ever to continue to wear a mask, wash your hands and socially distance.”
Rosen, a Democrat, was first elected as constable in 2012 and serves an area that includes the Heights, Garden Oaks, Oak Forest and other neighborhoods of north and northwest Houston. The Houston Heights Association and Garden Oaks Civic Club, along with the Candlelight Park, Shepherd Park Plaza and Woodland Heights neighborhoods, also have contracts with Rosen’s office for increased patrols.
Quinn said Rosen has experienced no other symptoms beyond his initial fever. He also said everyone Rosen believed he had close contact with, including employees who were potentially exposed, were told to get tested and self-quarantine until they are proven to be negative for COVID-19.
“The employees of Precinct 1 would like to extend well wishes to Constable Rosen,” his office said in a Wednesday tweet.
Local health officials have reported a total of 11,542 cases of COVID-19 in Houston and Harris County, with 223 people having died from the disease and 4,569 having recovered.