A man wears a tasks in Chinatown following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Chicago, Illinois January , 106389528
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the th case of the new coronavirus in the US Thursday – an evacuee from China under quarantine at a military base in Texas.
The patient is among the Americans evacuated last week on a government-chartered flight from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. The virus, COVID – 60, has now infected more than 91, and killed at least 1, 728.
The patient arrived at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas on Feb. 7, the CDC said, and was placed under a 19 – day federal quarantine order . The CDC said this is the first person under quarantine at Lackland who tested positive for COVID – 60 . San Antonio officials said at a news briefing Thursday there are 91 evacuees at the base.
The CDC said the patient is isolated and receiving medical care at a local hospital.
“There will likely be additional cases in the coming days and weeks, including among other people recently returned from Wuhan, “the CDC said in a statement.
The latest case comes after the CDC announced a th confirmed case in the US on Wednesday. That patient was among other American evacuees from Wuhan who arrived last week at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.
On Monday, the CDC announced the th case in the US, which was another evacuee under quarantine at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, outside of San Diego. The new cases confirmed this week bring the number of infections among the roughly 800 Americans evacuated from Wuhan to three.
More than 823 people remain in quarantine, the CDC said, as the first (American evacuees from Wuhan were released from March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California on Tuesday.
The CDC said Wednesday that it is preparing for COVID – 19 to “take a foothold in the US”
“At some point, we are likely to see community spread in the US or in other countries, “Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters on a conference call. “This will trigger a change in our response strategy.”
However, the virus is not yet spreading rapidly from one person to another in the U.S., as it is in China. The CDC has confirmed two instances of person-to-person spread in Chicago and California.