Credit: Centers for Disease and Control Prevention
UC San Diego Health is treating two patients who have tested positive for COVID-19and are investigating a third patient, health officials said during a Thursday news conference.
Thursday’s news follows confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday that there are now two people in San Diego who have the coronavirus, which first appeared in Wuhan, China late last year. All three were among the more than 200 U.S. citizens who were placed in a federally mandated quarantine at Marine Corps Air Stations Miramar because they had recently traveled to China.
All three patients are being treated in isolation at the UC San Diego Medical Center.
The two patients who tested positive for COVID-19 are considered to be in fair and good condition, respectively, said Dr. Randy Taplitz, UC San Diego Health clinical director of infectious diseases said. The third patient, who is considered a “patient under investigation” (or PUI) because they have symptoms of the disease, is in excellent condition, Taplitz said.
Health officials stated that they anticipate placing more patients under investigation.
“We are working directly with Miramar base,” Taplitz said. “Our anticipation is our PUIs will come from that site and if experience has taught us anything it’s that we should anticipate more individuals who will be PUIs during this quarantine time.”
The first and the second confirmed COVID-19 cases arrived at Miramar on separate flights from China and were housed in different facilities, the CDC said Wednesday.
Earlier this week, an error in the testing process by the CDC led to the mistaken release of one of the patients infected with the coronavirus from the hospital back to a quarantine facility at MCAS Miramar. CDC officials discovered the mistake and that patient was returned to the hospital.
“At this time there is no indication of person-to-person spread of this virus at the quarantine facility, but CDC will carry out a thorough contact investigation as part of its current response strategy to detect and contain any cases of infection with this virus,” CDC on-site team lead Dr. Chris Braden said in a statement.
“We want to reassure our patients, their loved ones and the community at large that there is no exposure risk at any UC San Diego Health hospitals or clinics,” UCSD Health said in a statement.
There are 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States.
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