CDC Conducting Passenger Screening For Coronavirus At Detroit Metro Airport

The screening process is an attempt to help prevent the spread of the virus.

WWJ News
January 28, 2020 - 5:52 pm

(WWJ) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now conducting advanced passenger screening for coronavirus, as the respiratory illness is rapidly spreading in China.

Erica Donnerson, a spokeswoman for the airport, tells WWJ the CDC will be conducting the screening process as a precaution, in an attempt to help prevent the spread of the virus in the U.S. 2019 Novel Coronavirus has been reported in at least 4,500 people in China, while more than 100 deaths have been confirmed. There have been five cases in the U.S.

The Airport Authority is working with the CDC, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, airline partners and tenants, but the specifics of the screening process were not immediately disclosed.

In the McNamara Terminal, Detroit Metropolitan Airport offers direct flights to and from Beijing and Shanghai, China. Out of an abundance of caution, the janitorial service has increased the frequency of its cleaning schedule in the terminal’s Federal Inspection Station, also known as the International Arrivals area.

Five cities across the U.S. -- New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Atlanta -- were initially conducting screenings, but the CDC has since expanded that list to 20, including Detroit.

On Monday, health officials said test results on three possible cases of the virus -- in Macomb and Washtenaw Counties -- came back negative. A specimen from a fourth possible case in Washtenaw County was still being tested.

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