Officials: Sick Passenger Taken From Detroit Metro Airport Doesn't Have Coronavirus

WWJ News
February 05, 2020 - 11:13 am
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ROMULUS (WWJ) - State health officials say a sick passenger who was transported from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport to a local hospital does not have the coronavirus.

The individual was removed from the airport on Tuesday and taken for testing after they were discovered to be showing coronavirus-type symptoms.

The Michigan Dept of Health and Human Services said Wednesday morning that the individual did not meet the Centers for Disease Control criteria for 2019 Novel Coronavirus testing and is not a person under investigation.

CDC criteria for testing includes the following:

  • Fever or lower respiratory illness (coughing, shortness of breath) AND travel history to Hubei Province within 14 days of symptom onset.
  • Fever or lower respiratory illness (coughing, shortness of breath) AND travel history to mainland China within 14 days of symptom onset.
  • Fever or lower respiratory illness (coughing, shortness of breath) AND exposure to a laboratory-confirmed 2019 Novel Coronavirus case.

No further information about the individual, including their travel history, was released.

Detroit Metro Airport, located in Romulus, is one of 11 airports that were chosen to have enhanced screening with passengers coming from China, those who have been to China in the last two weeks, or those who have come into contact with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, also referred to as 2019-nCoV, which can be deadly. 

So far, 23,500 cases have been confirmed worldwide, with at least 490 deaths in China alone, a troublesome sign that prompted the World Health Organization to declare the outbreak a global emergency. Only 11 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with the virus; six of them in California. 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said last week that all of the four suspected cases in the state that were tested for coronavirus by the CDC came back negative.