Sick Detroit Metro Airport Passenger Taken For Coronavirus Testing

WWJ News
February 04, 2020 - 5:57 pm
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ROMULUS (WWJ) - A sick passenger at Detroit Metro Airport has been taken for testing for possible coronavirus. 

Officials are taking precautions Tuesday after a passenger was discovered to be showing coronavirus-type symptoms, and that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is handling the case. 

Airport spokesperson Erica Donerson confirmed to WWJ Newsradio 950 that there was a sick passenger who arrived on the flight, and that the person was transported to a local hospital.

A spokesperson for the Wayne County Public Health Division confirmed the person was taken "a local hospital designated to receive passengers identified by CDC for additional testing." The process, outlined by the CDC, dictates that samples are sent to CDC and officials say it could take at least 48 hours to get test results back.

The 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 Friday that all of the four suspected cases in the state that were tested for coronavirus by the CDC came back negative.

WWJ has calls out to the CDC and other authorities for the latest information.