This morning, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that they had for the first time in 50 years issued a federal quarantine. The Quarantine order was for 195 passengers who repatriated to the U.S. from Wuhan China on January 29, 2020, to protect “their families and communities” as evacuees are monitored for coronavirus symptoms at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California. According to the CDC, the last federal quarantine was in the 1960s to contain the smallpox virus.
The CDC, under statutory authority of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, has issued federal quarantine orders to all 195 United States citizens who repatriated to the U.S. on January 29, 2020. The quarantine will last 14 days from when the plane left Wuhan, China.— CDC (@CDCgov) January 31, 2020
“We are preparing as this is the next pandemic, but hopeful this is not and will not be the case,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said on a call with reporters. “We would rather be remembered for overreacting to under-reacting.”
The rare move from the CDC comes as one of the passengers who returned to the U.S. attempted to leave the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California, after arriving from Wuhan, China.
This legal order is part of a public health response that is necessary to prevent the transmission and spread of this virus in the U.S. This federal quarantine will protect the health of the repatriated US citizens, their families, and their communities. #2019nCoV— CDC (@CDCgov) January 31, 2020
There are currently 9,928 confirmed cases worldwide with six in the United States. Worldwide there are currently 213 reported fatalities.
Current Worldwide 2019-nCoV Coronavirus Numbers
Last update: 31 January 2020 at 8:29 a.m. ET
|Hubei province |
|5,806||204||804 serious, 290 critical||Source|
|Zhejiang province||537||0||40 serious, 10 critical||Source|
|Guangdong province||436||0||41 serious, 14 critical||Source|
|Henan province||352||2||37 serious, 5 critical||Source|
|Hunan province||332||0||48 serious||Source|
|Anhui province||237||0||3 serious||Source|
|Chongqing||211||0||18 serious, 4 critical||Source|
|Jiangxi province||240||0||33 serious||Source|
|Shandong province||184||0||11 serious, 1 critical||Source|
|Sichuan province||178*||1||4 critical||Source|
|Jiangsu province||168||0||2 serious||Source|
|Fujian province||120||0||8 serious, 4 critical||Source|
|Guangxi Region||87||0||5 serious, 2 critical||Source|
|Yunnan province||83||0||5 serious, 3 critical||Source|
|Hebei province||82||1||7 serious||Source|
|Shaanxi province||87||0||1+ serious||Source|
|Hainan province||49||1||8 serious||Source|
|Heilongjiang province||59||2||7 serious||Source|
|Liaoning province||48||0||8 serious||Source|
|Shanxi province||39||0||2 serious, 2 critical||Source|
|Gansu province||29||0||5 serious, 1 critical||Source|
|Inner Mongolia||20||0||3 serious, 2 critical||Source|
|Ningxia Region||21||0||1 serious||Source|
|Jilin province||14||0||2 serious||Source|
|Xinjiang||17||0||3 serious, 1 critical||Source|
|Guizhou province||29||0||5 serious||Source|
|Qinghai province||8||0||1 serious, 7 stable||Source|
In a live White House briefing, CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield confirmed that the first case of person to person transmission has occurred. In the same briefing, the White House confirmed the possibility of asymptomatic transmission.
President Trump has declared a Public Health Emergency and has issued an order that anyone coming back from Wuhan will now face a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Foreigners who visited China within the last 14 days will also be banned from entering the country.