Feb 11, 2020 - Health

195 Americans to be released from quarantine with no reported coronavirus cases

A charter plane at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California. Photo: Matt Hartman/AFP via Getty Images

The first chartered plane carrying 195 people from Wuhan, China to a military base in California is expected to release all passengers from quarantine on Tuesday after no visible symptoms of the novel coronavirus were detected, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The big picture: The State Department chartered five flights from Wuhan carrying about 800 people in total to be quarantined for 14 days. The 195 individuals were housed at the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif., as an "aggressive" but "preventative and precautionary step" to minimize the potential spread of the virus, CDC officials have said.

"And at this point none of them have come down with the virus and we think that’s good news. ... Again, we’re not seeing severe disease yet in the United States but those are the numbers."
— Anne Schuchat, an official at the CDC in a news conference Tuesday
  • The 13th U.S positive case announced Monday night was from a chartered flight that landed in San Diego.
  • The female passenger tested positive after developing a cough and went to the hospital. She initially received a negative result, and was allowed to return to the quarantine with the rest of evacuees.

The bottom line: 11 of the U.S. cases were travel-related at the epicenter of the illness. The other two cases were person-to-person transmission.

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U.S. evacuee with coronavirus initially discharged from hospital

Personnel in biological hazard suits welcome passengers evacuated from Wuhan, China, at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California. Photo: Matt Hartman/AFP via Getty Images

An evacuee from Wuhan, China, who became the 13th person in the U.S. to be infected with the novel coronavirus, was initially mistakenly released from a California hospital, UC San Diego Health said in a statement Monday.

Details: Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told San Diego Public Health "four patients being evaluated for 2019-nCoV at UC San Diego Health had tested negative for the virus," according to the statement. They were discharged and returned to federal quarantine at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar "at the CDC's direction," it said.

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350 Americans evacuated from Wuhan quarantined after landing in U.S.

A charter plane lands at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California, on Jan. 29 with passengers evacuated from Wuhan, China. Photo: Matt Hartman/AFP via Getty Images

Two State Department-charted flights carrying some 350 Americans evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus in China, landed in California on Wednesday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials confirmed.

Details: Per the CDC, 178 evacuees on one flight landed at Travis Air Force Base in Solano County. The other plane touched down at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

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CDC quarantines 195 U.S. citizens evacuated from Wuhan amid coronavirus concerns

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a 14-day federal quarantine order for 195 U.S. citizens who were evacuated directly from Wuhan, China amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Why it matters: This is the first time the CDC has ordered a quarantine in nearly 50 years. The last time was in the 1960s to protect against smallpox. CDC officials emphasized this is purely preventative since the U.S. citizens were directly exposed to the coronavirus in Wuhan.

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