COVID-19 case confirmed in San Antonio, Texas, 15th case in US



The patient is under federal quarantine at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland after returning from a State Department-chartered flight that landed on February 7.

Although the CDC expects to see more cases, health officials, including Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, have urged Americans not to panic, saying the risk of contracting the virus is still low.

A previous case of coronavirus was documented a few days earlier among the same group of evacuees, the CDC said.

With the number of new coronavirus confirmed cases in China Hubei province reported on Thursday to be 14,840, nearly 10 times the number reported a day earlier, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the 14th case of coronavirus with the patient in San Diego.

COVID-19, the official name for the virus, was first identified in the US on January 21 and involved a person in Washington state who returned from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, about a week before.

None of the quarantined people at Ashland have tested positive to this point. A labeling error led to a delay in testing the patient's sample.

Two patients diagnosed with the potentially deadly novel coronavirus remain hospitalized at UC San Diego Medical Center Thursday, while physicians at the facility continue to monitor a third person who has shown symptoms linked to the virus.

Last week, the CDC had begun to ship about 200 testing kits to labs across the USA and 200 more to over 30 different countries so that more facilities could conduct testing for the new coronavirus.

The likelihood of getting the disease is still low in the United States.

Officials say she was isolated at the base for testing and sent back to a hospital after results came back.

To date, a total of seven coronavirus cases have been documented in California, accounting for half of the infections confirmed across the United States, none of them fatal.

Scott Gottlieb, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, told the Senate committee that he expects a COVID-19 outbreak to emerge across the United States in the next two to four weeks.

'At some point, we're likely to see community spread in the U.S., ' she said during a press briefing.

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