USA confirms 14th case of coronavirus with patient in San Diego

Henrietta Brewer
February 13, 2020

The patient was the 15th person in the United States to test positive for COVID-19.

A fifteenth American has coronavirus, United States officials announced Thursday.

If a Clark County resident meets the CDC criteria of a person under investigation for novel coronavirus and requires testing, the health district said it would announce confirmed cases of the virus.

More than 30,000 people have been screened, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's Center for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters in a phone call this week.

Tens of thousands of cases of the illness, known as COVID-19, have been reported globally, the vast majority of them in China.

These testing kits have nothing to do with the USA patient who was under quarantine after returning from Wuhan and was recently misidentified as not being infected with the coronavirus.

The likelihood of getting the disease is still low in the United States. She was returned to the hospital on Monday after testing positive for the virus.

"We have multiple levels of quality control to detect issues just like this one", Messonnier said.

US officials started funneling people traveling from China to 11 airports across the country for screening and possible quarantine if they showed symptoms.

More than 800 Americans and family members evacuated from China aboard State Department-chartered flights since late last month have been placed under quarantine - the first imposed by the CDC in 50 years - at one of five U.S. military bases in California, Texas and Nebraska, according to the CDC.

Another 195 people-the first group that was evacuated-were released from March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California, on Tuesday after completing a two-week quarantine. Previously, states with suspected cases of the virus would send respiratory secretions, namely nasal or oral swabs, to the agency's headquarters in Atlanta for testing, forcing state officials to await the results before confirming a case. The first and second patients arrived on different planes and were housed in separate facilities; there are no epidemiologic links between them. " Can and should be prepared for this new virus to take a foothold in the USA", she told reporters on the call. Most people show no symptoms and weren't labeled as high-risk.

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