On Thursday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the 15th case of the coronavirus in the United States after an individual in Texas tested positive for the virus.
After being evacuated to the United States from China, the individual has been quarantined at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio since February 7 in isolated conditions while testing for the virus was performed.
In accordance with CDC protocol, evacuees are to remain in quarantine for a 14-day period.
The patient is now reportedly being treated at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, though the hospital has been quick to emphasize that the patient is being kept in isolation and was escorted to the hospital through private entrances so as not to expose others to the virus.
The individual in Texas is now the third evacuee from China to return to the United States with the coronavirus and the first confirmed case in Texas.
The first two positive cases among evacuees occurred in California.
Collectively, more than 600 individuals have been evacuated to the United States from China, where the outbreak originated.
Of the 15 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, seven states, including California, Massachusetts, Washington, Arizona, Illinois, Wisconsin, and now Texas, have confirmed cases of the virus.
On February 1, Lackland announced its selection by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to serve as a quarantine site for individuals arriving from China who may have been exposed to the deadly virus.
To date, the virus has killed more than 1,400 individuals and affected tens of thousands more with Central China seeing the highest volume of confirmed cases.
Because of this, the Department of State has issued a Level 4 travel advisory for the region, cautioning against travel to the area if possible.
Sarah McConnell is a reporter for The Texan. Previously, she worked as a Cyber Security Consultant after serving as a Pathways Intern at the Department of Homeland Security – Citizenship and Immigration Services. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M as well as her Master of Public Service and Administration degree from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. In her free time, Sarah is an avid runner, jazz enthusiast, and lover of all things culinary.