Officials in San Antonio expressed concern after CDC officials announced the release of a person they isolated after returning to the USA from Wuhan, China, on a State Department chartered flight. "As mayor of this city, I find it totally unacceptable that CDC would release a patient prior to receiving all test results and potentially expose the public to this harm", he added. Those individuals will remain until they're symptom-free and have two negative tests 24 hours apart from each other.
After two tests came back negative, she was allowed to leave the facility following "several weeks" in isolation - even though another test was still pending, the report says. On Monday afternoon, Nirenberg declared a public health emergency "explicitly created to ensure" that the more than 120 evacuees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship remain at the military base until further testing is completed.
In the roughly 12 hours she spent in San Antonio, the woman stayed in a hotel and visited a large mall and food court.
The CDC confirmed that a person being treated for COVID-19 was released from a federally mandated quarantine as a result of a positive COVID-19 test, according to a Sunday press release from the City of San Antonio.
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If true, that could mean that there are hundreds of undiagnosed cases in the area. Worldwide, more than 90,000 people have been sickened and 3,100 have died.
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The passengers who were repatriated from the Diamond Princess in Japan had already sat in quarantine for more than a week on the ship, and they began a new 14-day quarantine when they arrived at Lackland Air Force Base last month. "No previously quarantined person shall be permitted to enter the City of San Antonio until further notice", he said in the declaration on Monday.
Some passengers from Texas have requested rental cars to get home, and they will be provided with those vehicles at the airport, as well. They returned to the hotel on the hotel shuttle at 7:30 p.m and on Sunday at 2:00 a.m. they were transported back to the Texas Center for Infectious Disease in a specialized ambulance. But while results of the third test were pending, state health workers collected a fourth sample for testing without federal officials' knowledge. After testing negative twice, the later test determined the patient to be "weakly positive", the CDC said in a statement.
Speaking to reporters in Austin on Monday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the CDC's actions at Lackland "unacceptable" and "a case of negligence". CDC officials and Bexar County health officials are working on tracking down those contacted by the person. She said local, state and federal agencies helped coordinate the Lackland departures.