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The 15th US case of coronavirus is an evacuee at an Air Force base in Texas

The 15th case of the novel coronavirus in t...

Posted: Feb 13, 2020 10:22 AM
Updated: Feb 13, 2020 6:00 PM

The 15th case of the novel coronavirus in the United States is one of the evacuees at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

The patient has been under the 14-day federal quarantine since arriving in the United States from China on a chartered flight on February 7, the CDC said. The person, described by a CDC official as a 'solo traveler,' has been isolated and is receiving medical care at a hospital.

'We are right in the middle of that potential incubation period so it is not surprising that maybe someone would have developed symptoms in this time frame,' Capt. Jennifer McQuiston of the CDC said in a news conference Thursday. 'And we're going to continue to be watching people during the whole 14-day quarantine period.'

Officials are investigating the patient's movements while in quarantine and monitoring any individuals who had contact with the patient, McQuiston said.

'For the most part the people in quarantine are not doing much associating with each other,' she said.

The patient is receiving treatment at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, according to Dr. Paul Hancock, chief medical officer at Methodist Healthcare System.

The patient had a fever but is currently 'stable with mild symptoms,' Hancock said.

The hospital activated 'additional protocols' prior to the patient's arrival under the CDC's guidance. The patient was 'privately escorted through a secluded entrance to avoid common areas' and kept under isolation.

This is the third case of the coronavirus confirmed among evacuees from China, following two cases in California.

It's the first case of the coronavirus confirmed in Texas. Eight cases have been confirmed in California, one in Massachusetts, one in Washington state, one in Arizona, two in Illinois and one in Wisconsin. There are two instances of person-to-person transmission: one in Illinois and one in California.

Earlier this week, 195 evacuees were released from federally mandated quarantine at March Air Reserve Base in California. No one in that group had tested positive for the novel coronavirus

According to the CDC, more than 600 people evacuated from Wuhan, the center of the coronavirus outbreak, remain quarantined in the United States.

CDC director expects coronavirus to be around 'beyond this year'

In an interview Thursday with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CDC Director Robert R. Redfield indicated he doesn't believe the coronavirus is going away soon.

'This virus is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year, and I think eventually the virus will find a foothold and we will get community-based transmission,' Redfield said. 'You can start to think of it in the sense like seasonal flu.'

More research is needed to fully understand the coronavirus, but Redfield said the CDC has focused on surveillance to track cases and containment to slow down the virus' progression in the United States.

The coronavirus can be spread by patients who are not exhibiting symptoms, Redfield said, based on information from colleagues in China.

'What we don't know, though, is how much of the asymptomatic cases are driving transmission,' he said.

The CDC has not been invited to China to assist with the outbreak, Redfield said, nearly six weeks after the CDC first offered.

'That letter has not been responded to yet by the official Chinese government,' he said. 'We do believe that we're the best in the world in this space and we're ready to help and assist them, but they're an independent nation that has to make that decision that they're going to invite us in.'

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 15523

Reported Deaths: 734
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds100625
Lauderdale73862
Madison72423
Scott65012
Neshoba64639
Jones62928
Forrest56438
DeSoto5427
Rankin4398
Holmes42928
Leake42712
Copiah3124
Jackson30813
Attala29817
Yazoo2814
Newton2714
Leflore26431
Lincoln26329
Harrison2587
Monroe25725
Oktibbeha23912
Lamar2385
Lowndes2119
Pearl River20931
Wayne2041
Pike20311
Adams19915
Noxubee1866
Washington1787
Warren17310
Covington1652
Jasper1634
Bolivar16211
Lee1536
Smith15211
Kemper14411
Clarke14418
Lafayette1364
Chickasaw13512
Coahoma1254
Carroll11711
Winston1171
Marion1159
Clay1124
Claiborne1112
Lawrence1021
Simpson1010
Tate941
Grenada943
Yalobusha935
Hancock9111
Wilkinson889
Itawamba877
Montgomery851
Sunflower843
Union835
Marshall833
Jefferson Davis773
Tippah7311
Panola713
Webster692
Calhoun654
Amite641
Humphreys607
Walthall560
Tunica553
Prentiss533
Perry503
Choctaw432
Jefferson421
Pontotoc353
Quitman330
Tishomingo320
Stone300
Franklin292
Tallahatchie271
George251
Alcorn171
Benton150
Greene131
Sharkey70
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 17952

Reported Deaths: 630
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Mobile2239116
Jefferson1837102
Montgomery171040
Tuscaloosa78315
Marshall6939
Franklin5567
Lee54833
Shelby51720
Tallapoosa42765
Butler41118
Chambers35525
Walker3542
Elmore3548
Madison3394
Baldwin2909
Morgan2801
Dallas2723
Etowah25711
DeKalb2483
Lowndes24612
Coffee2361
Sumter2247
Autauga2214
Houston2204
Bullock2095
Pike2030
Colbert1842
Hale1739
Russell1710
Marengo1706
Barbour1671
Lauderdale1642
Calhoun1603
Choctaw1538
Wilcox1487
Clarke1442
Cullman1430
Randolph1277
St. Clair1231
Marion12211
Pickens1164
Dale1150
Talladega1135
Limestone1060
Chilton1011
Greene944
Winston900
Macon824
Henry802
Covington801
Jackson782
Crenshaw753
Bibb751
Washington706
Escambia633
Blount621
Lawrence500
Geneva430
Conecuh411
Coosa401
Monroe402
Perry390
Cherokee373
Clay272
Lamar260
Fayette160
Cleburne151
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