So far, there have been just two known cases of human-to-human transmission in the United States but, after hopeful signs the outbreak might be subsiding, China Thursday reported a huge surge of more than 14,000 new cases. The overwhelming majority of cases and all but one death have been in China, where the virus' new strain originated, and most global cases, including 13 in the US, involve people who recently traveled to that country.
Since late January, the agency has rushed to distribute the kits to allow states to conduct their own, faster testing rather than ship all samples to its headquarters in Atlanta.
The patient was in isolation at a San Diego hospital, UC San Diego Health confirmed. The only confirmed evacuee cases were at Miramar, where about 200 people are being held under quarantine until all are cleared.
JBSA is one of four sites across the country housing US citizens evacuated from Hubei province in China February 7 on planes chartered by the State Department.
The woman's symptoms were described as mild and she was not exposed to members of the public.
But the labs reported that while performing a verification procedure they realized the kits were returning inconclusive results, meaning neither positive nor negative.
Still those on the base are concerned about their overall safety.
This is the 15th confirmed US case.
"Preventing the gathering of large numbers of people into small, enclosed environments; suggesting meals be delivered to the door and town hall meetings through conference calls".
"Provision of hand sanitizer at the front desk and in the playground". "During a response like this we know things may not always go as smoothly as we like". Officials said the quarantine and travel restrictions have "slowed the arrival of the virus" in the United States. "We're frustrated and anxious".
Four additional flights were chartered to bring back to America government employees and their families, as well as private citizens who could shoulder the cost of the flight.
The patient was among 232 individuals placed under quarantine at the base after being airlifted from the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.
Thus far there have been 14 cases reported in the US.