Second Case Of New Coronavirus Confirmed In San Diego
UPDATED: 7:42 A.M., Feb. 13, 2020
A second person in San Diego has tested positive for COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.
The unidentified person was one of the more than 200 people currently under a federally mandated quarantine at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
The patient was one of three that was transferred to UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest for treatment. Of the three, two tested positive for COVID-19, a disease caused by the coronavirus that first appeared in Wuhan, China late 2019. The third person is considered “a patient under investigation” because that person has developed symptoms of the disease, UC San Diego Health said in a statement.
The patient was among the 65 people who were evacuated from China to MCAS Miramar on Feb. 7.
The first and the second confirmed COVID-19 cases arrived at Miramar on separate flights and were housed in different facilities, the CDC said.
“At this time there is no indication of person-to-person spread of this virus at the quarantine facility, but CDC will carry out a thorough contact investigation as part of its current response strategy to detect and contain any cases of infection with this virus,” CDC on-site team lead Dr. Chris Braden said in a statement.
The two patients are in isolation at UCSD Health, according to the hospital.
“We want to reassure our patients, their loved ones and the community at large that there is no exposure risk at any UC San Diego Health hospitals or clinics,” UCSD Health said in a statement.
This is the eighth case in California and 14th in the United States. The 15th case was reported in Texas on Wednesday. Two are in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, respectively.