The patient, who was part of a group that traveled back to the USA from Wuhan, China roughly two weeks ago on a State Department chartered flight, was initially asymptomatic and had a negative result in two tests taken 24 hours apart.
CDC officials confirmed the person did have contact with others while out of isolation. "Out of an abundance of caution, CDC chose to bring the individual back into isolation at a local medical facility". 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.
At the same time, the North Star Mall announced it would close after a coronavirus-infected patient visited it over the weekend.
"As mayor of this city I find it totally unacceptable that the CDC would release a patient prior to receiving all test results and potentially exposing the public to this harm", Nirenberg said during Monday's press conference.
Declarations by Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff of a local state of disaster and public safety emergency effectively puts the more than 120 passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in limbo, unaware of how long they will be held in seclusion at Lackland Air Force Base to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
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It would "look for ways to gain leverage and reclaim the initiative as we get closer to the USA presidential election", he added. North Korea has a long history of seeking to demonstrate its military capability to try to obtain concessions.
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Those allowed to leave will be transported to the airport from Lackland Air Force Base by bus in coordination with their flight times. There were two main groups of evacuees at the base: the first group includes 91 Americans evacuated from Wuhan who were released from quarantine on February 20 and the second group includes 144 passengers evacuated from a cruise ship docked in Japan, according to the document. But at 2 a.m. Sunday, she was taken to the Texas Center for Infectious Disease in a specialized ambulance, after officials realized her final test was positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.
That pending test came back positive on Sunday, and she was immediately returned to isolation, officials confirmed to the paper. City officials also wanted more patient testing to assure nobody who was released tested positive. "This should include a third consecutive negative test to create a more highly reliable system for determining that a previously-positive person is clear of the virus".
All three tests were done at CDC's headquarters in Atlanta, according to Texas health officials.
"No person will be released if there are any pending test results".
Speaking to reporters in Austin on Monday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the CDC's actions at Lackland "unacceptable" and "a case of negligence".