Some Evacuees at Military Bases Now Being Evaluated for Coronavirus Symptoms

As the number of coronavirus evacuees housed at U.S. military bases and put into quarantine grew Friday, officials acknowledged that some arrivals from Wuhan, China are now being hospitalized with symptoms.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified two new evacuees at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar who have developed symptoms warranting further evaluation, Tom Skinner, a CDC spokesman, said in a statement released Friday night.

“A child was transported to Rady Children’s Hospital and an adult was transported to UC San Diego Health,” he said. “This brings the total number of persons transported to hospitals for evaluation to seven.”

One adult and one child taken to the children’s hospital Wednesday with symptoms have tested negative for the virus and returned to the base to complete the 14-day quarantine period, the statement continued, while results are still pending on the others’ tests.

The latest flight with evacuees from Wuhan arrived at Miramar Friday morning with 65 aboard, according to the statement, adding to the number waiting out quarantine periods at four bases around the country.

Two flights chartered by the State Department with a total of about 300 U.S. citizen passengers aboard left China Thursday night.


Author: Dian Welle