In a statement on Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that a 15th case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in the United States. The case involves a person who is under federal quarantine in Texas after having arrived in the US on a flight chartered by the State Department. This is the first time a person under quarantine at JBSA-Lackland has developed the disease.
This individual arrived in the US on February 7 and was being held on a 14-day quarantine in order to see whether symptoms would develop. The US considers anyone to arrives from the Hubei Province in China to be ‘high risk’ for having contracted the virus. According to the CDC, this person has been isolated at a hospital where they are receiving medical care.
More than 600 people are currently under quarantine in the US after returning on chartered flights from Wuhan, China, the source of the outbreak. This number doesn’t include the 195 people who were released from the quarantine earlier this week; all of them passed the 14-day waiting period, according to the CDC, which says that the individuals will self-monitor for signs of the virus.
In a telebriefing on Wednesday, the CDC said that it is preparing for coronavirus to get a ‘foothold’ in the US, something that isn’t quite as ominous as it sounds. The agency clarified that this preparation means officials are in talks with health care facilities and medical supply manufacturers to ensure that need materials, including gloves and face masks, are available.
The agency is maintaining a large collection of information on its website, including a list of symptoms related to COVID-19, the name of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The list is short: fever, shortness of breath, and coughing are the only symptoms. These can take as long as 14 days to appear in people who have been exposed to the virus, which has been confirmed to include person-to-person transmission.