Despite their best efforts to adhere to stay-at-home orders and remain safe from the coronavirus, a sitting justice on the Texas Supreme Court and her husband have tested positive for COVID-19, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
It was revealed on Thursday that both Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann and her husband Greg were tested with nasal swabs at a drive-through testing center in Austin, and both results came back as positive for the virus.
Justice Lehrmann, who was first appointed to the state’s Supreme Court in 2010 by then-Gov. Rick Perry (R) and then won re-election in 2016, shared the news with everyone via a tweet posted on Thursday morning, writing, “Greg and I have tested positive for COVID-19.
“We began to exhibit symptoms last week, despite diligently complying with stay-at-home rules,” she added. “Thankfully, this has not interfered with [Supreme Court of Texas] work, as the Court is working remotely. We are grateful for your thoughts [and] prayers.”
Lehrmann spoke with The Dallas Morning News about the “perplexing” positive test results she and her husband had received, in light of the extraordinary efforts they had made to avoid contracting the potentially deadly disease.
“We have strictly adhered to the stay-at-home order since early March,” she told the newspaper.
She went on: “We’re fortunate because we’re all lawyers so we’ve been able to work at home. And of course, we’re not going to take any kind of risk whatsoever with an infant.”
The infant to whom Lehrmann referred was her six-month-old grandson, Jack, who had accompanied his father and mother, Lehrmann’s son Jonathan and his wife Sarah, from their home in Houston for occasional visits to Austin, where the elder Lehrmanns reside.
Unfortunately, the three from Houston have also exhibited some symptoms of coronavirus and are currently awaiting test results to see if they are in fact positive for the illness, the Morning News reports.
“It’s just perplexing”
Justice Lehrmann also explained to the paper that she and her husband had only gone to the grocery store every other week or so while wearing masks and gloves, had cooked all of their meals at home, and aside from the occasional visit from her son and grandson, had remained secluded inside their home since March.
“We were just extremely careful — and then we get it,” Lehrmann said, according to The Dallas Morning News. “How in the world would that happen? We have no idea. All I know is it must be very contagious… It’s just perplexing.”
All we can do is pray for a speedy recovery and good health going forward for Justice Lehrmann and her family.