Quarantined child in Riverside County hospitalized for observation

Henrietta Strickland
February 5, 2020

Riverside County public health officials announced Tuesday morning, February 4, that a child under quarantine at March Air Reserve Base developed a fever and is now under observation at a local hospital.

The child and a parent of the child were taken by ambulance Monday evening from March Air Reserve Base to Riverside University Health System-Medical Center, Riverside County public health officials said in a statement. Both are undergoing testing and observation for the virus.

The child was swab tested again Monday and the sample was sent to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta for evaluation, said Riverside County health department spokesman Jose Arballo Jr.

As of Tuesday morning, there were 20,438 confirmed cases of coronavirus in China, an increase of over 3,000 from the previous day, according to CNN.

The county said in a press release that the minor was one of the 195 Americans who had been quarantined for 14 days last week after arriving from China, where the fast-moving coronavirus originated.

On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security also announced that flights coming to the USA from China will be funneled through seven airports equipped to screen passengers for symptoms of the virus, while Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that President Trump was temporarily suspending entry into the US for foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the virus.

The individual had no symptoms of novel coronavirus but "was moved to March out of an abundance of caution and due to their travel history", according to the news release.

The person is isolated from the others under quarantine at the base.

There are over 200 diagnosed cases of coronavirus outside of China, including at least 11 in the United States.

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