Local and federal health officials are expected to provide
an update on the coronavirus cases in San Diego County Friday afternoon.
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency and area
hospitals are all scheduled to speak at the press conference.
Health experts also spoke Thursday about the “miscommunication”
that led to a coronavirus patient mistakenly being released into the general
quarantine at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, where dozens of U.S. citizens are
being held for 14 days.
“There was no mislabeling. There were potentially
miscommunication issues,” said Dr. Randy Taplitz. “That has all been resolved
and this will not happen moving forward.”
The female patient was discharged from isolation and then
notified by the CDC that her test results were, in fact, positive. She was later
returned to isolation.
The incident led to other patients in the general quarantine to create a petition demanding more oversight at the facility.
NBC 7’s Dave Summers has the latest information on the second local coronavirus.
Before the press conference Friday, officials had confirmed
two coronavirus cases within San Diego County. The first patient is the aforementioned
woman who tested positive arrived at MCAS Miramar on Feb. 5 and was taken to
the hospital the same day, because she was exhibiting cough or fever that
warranted evaluation. A second patient has been confirmed, but little information
on the patient has been released.
Since the quarantine began at Miramar, several patients have
been isolated at San Diego hospitals for further testing.
On Wednesday, a patient at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
was discharged after medical crews tested the patient for coronavirus. The patient
was not believed to be a part of the dozens of U.S. citizens quarantined at
MCAS Miramar after returning from flights from Wuhan, China.
NBC 7’s Artie Ojeda has an update on the two patients confirmed to have coronavirus here in San Diego.
Experts have labeled the novel coronavirus as COVID-19, with
the number signifying the year the outbreak began.
The press conference will begin at 4 p.m. Friday at the San Diego County Operations Center in Kearny Mesa. Check back at this webpage later to view a livestream of the event.