One of 57 Americans being monitored for coronavirus at Camp Ashland has been moved to another facility to be tested for the coronavirus.
Health officials said at a press conference Friday an adult woman developed a “mild cough,” which was detected during a screening Friday morning.
Out of caution, officials with the Centers for Disease Control asked that the woman be moved to the National Quarantine Unit at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha for further evaluation and testing. The National Quarantine Unit is in a building that is separate from all other buildings on campus where patients receive care at the Nebraska Medical Center.
The woman arrived in Omaha around one o’clock Friday afternoon. She will undergo a series of tests over the next 24 hours.
Health officials wouldn’t speculate as to how likely it is the woman has coronavirus. So far, there have been no confirmed cases in Nebraska.
Health officials said Thursday a recently diagnosed coronavirus patient in Texas was on the same plane as the group at Camp Ashland.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said the patient – the 15th confirmed case in the United States – was being quarantined JBSA-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas and is now in isolation and getting medical treatment.
The 57 American evacuees from China landed at Omaha’s Eppley Airfield last Friday before being transported to Camp Ashland. The group is currently halfway through its 14 day quarantine. The quarantine is scheduled to end the morning of February 20.
The CDC said the latest patient is the first person under quarantine at JBSA-Lackland who had symptoms and tested positive for the virus. Officials said there will “likely be additional cases” in the coming days and weeks, including among other people recently returned from Wuhan.”