Texas governor slams CDC for releasing San Antonio coronavirus patient

Share

The woman, who had not been identified, was released from the Texas Center for Infectious Disease on Feb. 29 after she had tested negative for the virus on Feb. 21 and Feb. 25, local officials said. "CDC's priority is to protect both patients and communities". Those individuals will remain until they're symptom-free and have two negative tests 24 hours apart from each other. "Out of an abundance of caution, CDC made a decision to bring the individual back into isolation at a local medical facility".

The Texas Department of State Health Services sent a letter to the CDC and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Monday, asking for a full accounting of how the evacuee's release was handled and urging the federal agencies to look at changing its criteria for ending a quarantine. Just after 5 p.m. the patient took a hotel shuttle to visit North Star Mall, where they visited a few stores and went to the food court, ordered food from a Chinese restaurant and ate alone in the food court.

"Pursuant to the statutory authority ..., I, Mayor Ron Nirenberg, declare that ingress into and travel through the City of San Antonio from Lackland by those persons that have been quarantined in the facility is not permitted".

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg called the mistaken release unacceptable.

Dow ends up 5.1% as U.S. stocks bounce back after rout
That prompted some traders to assume the Fed may foresee an even even bigger financial influence than markets concern. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell almost 700 points or more than 2.5 percent at the opening bell on Wall Street.


Lackland Air Force Base is also where some evacuees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship were quarantined after they were repatriated to the United States against CDC's recommendation.

Some of the passengers who are Texas residents have requested rental cars so they can drive home, the City of San Antonio said. That sample was determined to be "weakly positive", officials stated.

The patient who was released over the weekend visited the mall and the airport before she was brought back into isolation once the positive test was discovered, city officials said. "The cycle of infection with COVID-19 is not yet well understood, but the amount of virus is typically highest when the person is sickest". She has since returned to isolation. The case disclosed Sunday is the first case in Texas in which a person who tested positive for the virus was known to have been outside the federal quarantine area.

Nirenberg had tweeted on Sunday that the CDC's actions were "unacceptable". And the local officials have been tracking 16 individuals from the mall and three at the hotel who are suspected to have come into contact with this woman. "And second, no person will be released if there are any pending test results".

Share