CDC confirms 15th case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in United States

Newest case is in Texas


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a 14 case of coronavirus, now called COVID-19, in the United States on Thursday.

According to the CDC, the sick person is in Texas. The patient is among a group of people under a federal quarantine order at JBSA-Lackland in Texas because of their recent return to the U.S. on a State Department-chartered flight that arrived on February 7, 2020.

“All people who lived or travelled in Hubei Province, China, are considered at high risk of having been exposed to this virus and are subject to a temporary 14-day quarantine upon entry into the United States,” reads a statement from the CDC. "This is the first person under quarantine at JBSA-Lackland who had symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is currently isolated and receiving medical care at a designated hospital nearby.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States to 15. A 14th case was confirmed Tuesday in California. The CDC said there will likely be additional cases in the coming days and weeks, including among other people recently returned from Wuhan. While 195 people were discharged from quarantine on Tuesday, more than 600 people who returned on chartered flights from Wuhan remain under federal quarantine and are being closely monitored to contain the spread of the virus.

In Michigan, five patients have been tested for the virus. All five returned negative test results.

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