SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – The Center for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed the 15th case of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) on Thursday morning.
According to reports, the CDC said the patient is among the group of people under a federal quarantine order at JBSA-Lackland. The patient is reportedly in stable condition and is in isolation at a nearby hospital.
The group of people returned on a charter flight to the United States from China on Feb. 7 and were on a 14-day quaratine.
China on Thursday reported 254 new daily deaths and a spike in daily virus cases of 15,152, after new methodology was applied in the hardest-hit province of Hubei as to how cases are categorized.
The total deaths from the more than 2-month-old outbreak stood at 1,367, with the total number of confirmed cases mounting to 59,804.
On Jan. 30, the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern.
The organization defines an international emergency as an “extraordinary event” that constitutes a risk to other countries and requires a coordinated international response.
The announcement came just hours after U.S. officials confirmed its first human-to-human transmission of the virus.
Those that have traveled to Wuhan, China and have flu-like symptoms are encouraged to call the health district at 979-361-4440. Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and sore throat. If medical care is needed, please call your healthcare provider first before arriving. Nonessential travel to Wuhan, China should be avoided.
The general public is encouraged to practice general preventive actions:
• Everyone 6 months and older is encouraged to get a flu shot.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
For more information visit the CDC website: