15th coronavirus patient was on plane with Ashland evacuees

Henrietta Brewer
February 14, 2020

Officials say she was isolated at the base for testing and sent back to a hospital after results came back.

The new numbers will likely change health officials' approaches.

In China, where the outbreak began, more than 1,300 people died and more than 60,000 were diagnosed with the disease.


"Things may not always go as smoothly as we may like", Dr. Messonnier said.

Last week, the CDC had begun to ship about 200 testing kits to labs across the US and 200 more to over 30 different countries so that more facilities could conduct testing for the new coronavirus.

The initial group of almost 200 evacuees were released earlier this week from March Air Reserve Base near Los Angeles after the 14-day presumed incubation period of the virus had lapsed without anyone falling ill, the CDC said.


So far, airport screening has processed more than 30,000 travelers from China who have passed through 11 airports. "The problem was because of differences between San Diego labeling and what the CDC lab accepts, the sample from the woman didn't even reach testing stage so it was true that all samples that were tested were negative, and it was also true that the woman had COVID-19 [coronavirus] because her sample was not tested".

UC San Diego Health officials said both coronavirus patients and the third person under observation arrived at MCAS Miramar last week via a flight from Wuhan, China. Fewer and fewer are coming in from China, especially from Hubei, ' said Dr Messonnier. Because their tests were ruled negative they were permitted to return to the base. She said the situation was unfortunate, but there were extra quality control measures in place.

Janssen and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of ASPR, will share research and development costs and expertise to help speed Janssen's candidate COVID-19 vaccine into clinical trials.


BARDA Director Rick Bright, PhD, said, "With emerging infectious diseases such as COVID-19, speed is crucial to saving lives and reducing further spread of the virus". She was the first USA evacuee from China to be known to be infected with the novel coronavirus.

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