Two planes carrying 350 Americans evacuated from coronavirus epicenter Wuhan land at a California military base to begin 14-day quarantine

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
By Paul Martin

About 350 Americans have been evacuated from coronavirus epicenter Wuhan
Two planes carrying the passengers landed at two US military bases in California
In statement, the Pentagon said the US travelers will be quarantined for 14 days
The State Department separately said it may stage additional flights on Thursday
In China, the fast-spreading outbreak has killed 490 people, while two deaths have been reported outside of the mainland

By VALERIE EDWARDS
DAILYMAIL.COM
5 February 2020

About 350 Americans evacuated from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the coronavirus outbreak, have arrived at two US military bases in California as Washington works to fly more citizens home.

The Pentagon said the US travelers on two State Department-chartered flights would be quarantined for 14 days after landing at Travis Air Force Base and Miramar Marine Corps Air Station.

Both flights landed at the Travis Air Force Base in Solano County Wednesday morning. One of the flights needed to refuel before heading to the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego.

The State Department separately said it may stage additional flights on Thursday.

In a statement, the centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said ‘several planes carrying passengers from Wuhan China will arrive in three states’ this week.

According to the CDC, the other locations are the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska.

‘These planes will be met by a team of CDC personnel deployed there to assess the health of the passengers. The passengers have been screened, monitored and evaluated by medical and public health personnel every step of the way, including before takeoff and during the flight,’ the CDC said.

According to the agency, ‘CDC staff will conduct risk assessments to ensure the health of each traveler, including temperature checks and observing for respiratory symptoms’.

‘These passengers will be issued quarantine orders upon arrival at their designated quarantine location. This quarantine order will begin on the day the flight left Wuhan and will continue for up to 14 days.

‘Medical care will be readily available at the first onset of symptoms, if needed. CDC will work with the state and local public health departments to transport any passenger exhibiting symptoms to a hospital for further evaluation.

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