[MyFoxZone.com KIDY] Coronavirus evacuation flight expected to land at JBSA-Lackland
SAN ANTONIO - The US Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Defense is scheduled to receive two Department of State chartered evacuation flights from Japan, expected sometime late Sunday.
The planes will be carrying Americans who have been evacuated from the Diamon Princess cruise ship in Tokyo, authorities say.
The full statement reads:One of the aircraft will land at Travis Air Force Base, California and the other will land at Kelly Field / Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.
As previously announced, these individuals will be subject to a CDC managed 14-day quarantine. HHS will ensure that no evacuated personnel are transferred to any DOD installation if they test positive for the COVID-19 virus. Any evacuees who test positive or become symptomatic will be transferred to a suitable off-base facility at the direction of CDC.
DOD continues to work closely with and provide support for our interagency partners as they respond to this event.
The evacuation comes after CDC officials confirmed Thursday that a coronavirus patient is among a group of people under a federal quarantine order at JBSA-Lackland.RELATED: CDC: Risk to community 'still low' after confirmation of coronavirus patient in San Antonio
The group was initially put under a federal quarantine order because of their recent return to the US on a State Department-chartered flight that arrived on February 7.
This is the 15th case of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the U.S, according to officials with the CDC.
According to a press release 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."RELATED: Methodist Texsan staff outline coronavirus-containing procedures as they treat patient
JBSA-Lackland was one of four designated quarantined sites for American citizens returning to the U.S. from the Wuhan area of China.
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