Thirteenth U.S. Coronavirus Case, First in an Evacuee
By Molly Walker Associate Editor at MedPage Today
Confirmed U.S. cases of this novel coronavirus reached 13 after a case was confirmed in an American evacuee out of Wuhan, China who is currently being housed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.
Late Monday, CBS News reported that the CDC confirmed a 13th positive case of novel coronavirus. Details were sparse, with the CDC only revealing the patient was on a flight chartered by the U.S. State Department after being evacuated from Wuhan last week.
The agency then told UC San Diego Health that after further testing, one of the passengers had tested positive and was returned back to the hospital for “observation and isolation.” They added that an additional patient has been sent to the hospital for evaluation. Both patients were described as having “minimal symptoms.”
This was the first passenger from one of the State Department evacuations flights out of Wuhan with a positive test. Passengers are being placed under medical quarantine for 14 days, with extensive monitoring and testing, as detailed by the CDC in recent briefings.
CBS News also noted the “dozens of new cases” confirmed on the quarantined cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan, “including more Americans.”
This comes on the heels of the outbreak passing another milestone. The latest data indicate there are now over 1,000 deaths worldwide out of 43,138 confirmed cases as of Tuesday morning. In its latest update on Monday, the World Health Organization reported there are now 319 cases confirmed outside of China and one death.
Source: MedPage Today