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PLANO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A bat tested positive for rabies this week after it came into contact with a Plano resident in the area of W. 15th Street and Custer Road, Plano Animal Services confirmed Wednesday.

“This positive test highlights the importance of being cautious around wildlife and always reporting any contact with them,” said Plano Animal Services Director Jamey Cantrell.

“It also shows why it’s so important to keep all pet vaccinations current, especially rabies. There is no way to predict when a pet may come into contact with a wild animal.” Texas law and Plano city ordinances require animals receive rabies inoculations along with subsequent booster shots for the duration of the animal’s life.

Rabies is a viral disease occurring in warm-blooded animals and can be contracted by humans through bites from infected animals.

The Plano Animal Shelter does not routinely test wild animals for rabies unless they have had contact with a person or pet and are one of five high risk non-domestic animals: bats, foxes, skunks, coyotes and raccoons.

This particular incident involved a resident who had contact with a bat.

The bat was ill and died before Animal Services could pick it up. Due to the nature of the situation, the animal was tested and subsequently found to be rabid.

Rabies is preventable. The shelter hosts low-cost rabies vaccination clinic on the third Friday of every month.

In August, a bat tested postive for rabies in Frisco.

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Florida State head coach Mike Norvell announced Saturday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

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He will not be on the sideline for next's week matchup against Miami. Deputy head coach Chris Thomsen will handle head coaching responsibilities in his absence.

Norvell said in a statement that he's surprised by the result after testing negative twice earlier this week. He also plans to remain involved "remotely as much as possible."

Athletic director David Coburn says Norvell is currently isolated and the university has already reached out to the ACC commissioner and Miami.

"We are proceeding with our COVID protocols as we would with any other case. Coach is isolated, and university tracing staff is handling the contact tracing as they normally do," Coburn said, per The Sun Sentinel's Iliana Limon Romero. "We will continue to test staff and student-athletes as we have been. We have communicated with Commissioner John Swofford and Miami athletics director Blake James."

Coburn stated Florida State's upcoming game against Miami is not currently at risk of being postponed or canceled, according to The Athletic's Chris Vannini.

Norvell is in his first season as Florida State head coach after spending the last four seasons at Memphis. The Seminoles are currently 0-1 after falling 16-13 to Georgia Tech in their season opener.

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