Two planes Carrying 350 Americans Evacuated From Coronavirus Epicenter in Wuhan China Land at a California Military Base to Begin 14-day Quarantine
February 5, 2020
In China, the fast-spreading outbreak has killed 490 people according to the Chinese government, while two deaths have been reported outside of the mainland. Several independent reports claim the actual number of people both killed and infected in China are much higher than what is being reported. More than 24,000 people have been infected across 25 countries.
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- About 350 Americans have been evacuated from coronavirus epicenter Wuhan
- Two planes carrying the passengers landed at two US military bases in California
- In statement, the Pentagon said the US travelers will be quarantined for 14 days
- The State Department separately said it may stage additional flights on Thursday
About 350 Americans evacuated from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the coronavirus outbreak, have arrived at two US military bases in California as Washington works to fly more citizens home.
The Pentagon said the US travelers on two State Department-chartered flights would be quarantined for 14 days after landing at Travis Air Force Base and Miramar Marine Corps Air Station.
Both flights landed at the Travis Air Force Base in Solano County Wednesday morning. One of the flights needed to refuel before heading to the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego.
The State Department separately said it may stage additional flights on Thursday.
In a statement, the centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said 'several planes carrying passengers from Wuhan China will arrive in three states' this week.
According to the CDC, the other locations are the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska.
'These planes will be met by a team of CDC personnel deployed there to assess the health of the passengers. The passengers have been screened, monitored and evaluated by medical and public health personnel every step of the way, including before takeoff and during the flight,' the CDC said.
According to the agency, 'CDC staff will conduct risk assessments to ensure the health of each traveler, including temperature checks and observing for respiratory symptoms'.
'These passengers will be issued quarantine orders upon arrival at their designated quarantine location. This quarantine order will begin on the day the flight left Wuhan and will continue for up to 14 days.
'Medical care will be readily available at the first onset of symptoms, if needed. CDC will work with the state and local public health departments to transport any passenger exhibiting symptoms to a hospital for further evaluation.
'We continue to believe the immediate risk of coronavirus exposure to the general public is low, however, CDC is undertaking these measures to help keep that risk low,' the agency said.
US citizens who are evacuated are expected to reimburse the federal executive department for the flight. According to the Travis Air Force Base, evacuees will be housed at Travis' Westwind Inn lodging facility.
'A safety cordon will be established, away from residential housing, to ensure the Travis mission can safely continue, the privacy of the evacuees can be enforced, and to protect the health and welfare of our Team Travis community,' the base said in a statement.
First reported in China in December 2019, the strain, known as 2019-nCov, is believed to have emerged from illegally traded wildlife at a seafood market in Wuhan, a city 700 miles south of the capital of Beijing.
The fast-spreading outbreak has killed 491 people in China, while two deaths have been reported outside of the mainland. More than 24,000 people have been infected across 25 countries.
Confirmed Cases and Deaths by Country and Territory
The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is affecting 28 countries and territories around the world. Dates below are based on GMT+0
US health officials have reported 11 confirmed cases of the virus in the United States so far, including two person-to-person transmissions, and have declared a health emergency with mandatory two-week quarantines for travelers from China's affected province.
The Trump administration declared a public health emergency on January 31, and announced the extraordinary measures of barring the entry of foreign nationals who have recently visited China.
The State Department issued a 'Do Not Travel' to China advisory to US citizens, advising them to return on commercial flights if possible, though some commercial airlines have suspended flights to or from major Chinese cities.
US officials have also restricted flights from China to 11 designated airports deemed capable of carrying out enhanced screening.
China has cut off access to Wuhan and 16 other cities in Hubei province to prevent people from leaving and spreading the virus further.
The lockdown has made it difficult for some families like the Roth family to get out of Wuhan.
Sam Roth is desperately trying to get his wife, Daisy and their two young children, 10-month-old Adalynn and five-year-old Abigail, out of Wuhan and back home to Neenah, Wisconsin.
'I don’t want them to get sick. I want them to come home,' Roth told TMJ 4.
His family flew to Wuhan on January 19 to see Daisy’s family for Lunar New Year.
According to the station, Daisy and the children have stayed at her parents apartment, while waiting for a flight home.
They were unable to get on the recent flights out of Wuhan that landed on Wednesday because priority is being given to those most at risk.
'My youngest daughter is more susceptible to that, than a healthy, middle-aged, adult,' Sam said, adding that he's going to do whatever it takes to bring his family home.
Last week, nearly 200 Americans were evacuated from Wuhan, mostly US diplomats and their families.
That flight arrived landed at the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County on January 29.
In addition to the US, other countries have also been evacuating their citizens.
Thailand evacuated 138 people from virus-hit Wuhan, Uzbekistan evacuated 250 and Australia evacuated more than 200 in the last four days.
*For more information about the current outbreak in China: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/novel-coronavirus-2019.html
- For more information about Coronaviruses: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html
- For travel health information: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/pneumonia-china
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