LUBBOCK, Texas– A local pastor, who has been at University Medical Center and going live with updates on social media, confirmed he tested positive for the coronavirus, or COVID-19, on Thursday.

It was not immediately clear if he was included in numbers of cases from Lubbock County on Wednesday.

The original video posted was public at the time this story was published but has since been made private.

Pastor Javier Castaneda reiterated to anyone that has been in contact with him in the last two weeks should pay close attention to their symptoms when he was live on his Facebook page.

“I told you guys that as soon as I knew something that you guys would know something as well,” said Castaneda. “So, I wanted to let everybody know that the COVID-19 virus has been confirmed as of today. I tested positive for the coronavirus.”

He said he wanted to put the video out as a notice for people whom he had been in contact with.

“The instructions are the same,” said Castaneda, “just keeping an eye on your symptoms and paying close attention to them for 14 days from the time that we were in contact with each other.”

He said to keep that in mind, and the doctors reassured him that it’s not a reason to be afraid.

“You guys are going to be OK,” said Castaneda. “They’ve assured me I’m going to be OK, too.”

He said he is still dealing with kicking his fever and getting his lungs back where they need to be.

“Thank all of you for your prayers and support,” said Castaneda.

He said to continue to practice social distancing and do everything that health experts are telling the public to do.

“Continue to pray for one another, continue to practice safety and let’s just continue being an example and a reflection of the love of God during this moment, during this time,” said Castaneda.

After the announcement of Castaneda in a public Facebook post, the Worship Center in Lubbock issued a statement.

“First of all our prayers are with Javier and Erika Castaneda and their family. We believe that fully renewed health will be theirs,” the Worship Center said.

“As of October 2019, neither Javier or Erika Castaneda have been employed nor in attendance at either of the TWC campuses.”

Josie’s Mexican Restaurant also issued a statement to the public:

“We are saddened to hear that Javier “Javi” Castañeda has been diagnosed with Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are concerned for his health, but faithful that God will bring healing and restoration to him and all those that have contracted this virus. This demonstrates how fast that COVID-19 can be picked up. It can happen to anyone.

While there is an ongoing investigation by local health officials, we are confident in our health practices and always consider the safety of our clientele and our employees. More so, we remind everyone that Javier is not an employee of our restaurants.

Josies’ Restaurant always considers everyone’s safety and good health in our restaurants and drive-up services.

We are all in this together. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow guidance from public health officials and city agencies, so we can continue to support our customers and communities as needed.

We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our community, customers, and associates very seriously. Like you, we’re closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the COVID-19.

Also, we ask the community to come together in unity and prayer for our country, our city, our health providers, and all those responding, and affected by this virus. May God bless us all.” continues ongoing coverage of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s impacts and vaccination efforts.

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