Chartered 747 lands at Miramar
A chartered Boeing 747 carrying Americans evacuating Wuhan, China, lands at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A passenger flown to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar from Wuhan, China, was confirmed Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to have the deadly coronavirus.

The passenger had been isolated for observation along with four others at UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest. All four had been released back to the quarantine quarters at Miramar, when a texting mixup was revealed and one person was returned to the hospital.

“CDC is conducting a thorough contact investigation of the person who has tested positive to determine contacts and to assess if those contacts had high-risk exposures,” the federal agency said in a statement.

UC San Diego Health said in a statement that the person and one other admitted earlier “are doing well with minimal symptoms.”

The case is the 13th coronavirus in the United States and seventh in California. Los Angeles and Orange counties both have one confirmed patient.

KGTV first reported the case, saying the patient was aboard an initial flight of 167 evacuees from the Wuhan area who landed at Miramar last Wednesday. Later that day, health officials said four of the passengers had been taken to hospitals after displaying potential symptoms of the illness — two adults to UC San Diego Medical Center and a 4-year-old girl and an adult to Rady Children’s Hospital.

The two patients taken to Rady were later cleared and returned to Miramar to continue a 14-day quarantine. Another person from the flight was hospitalized the following day at UCSD for observation.

On Friday, a second plane carrying 65 people from Wuhan arrived at Miramar, and two of them were later hospitalized for observation, authorities said. One adult was taken to a UC San Diego Health facility and a child was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital.

More than 1,000 deaths from the coronavirus have been reported, all but two of them in China. More than 43,000 cases of the illness have been reported worldwide, the vast majority of them in China.

Nearly 200 Americans arrived at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside on Jan. 29 and are quarantined there after being evacuated from Wuhan. That quarantine period is scheduled to end Tuesday.

Updated at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 11, 2020

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.