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Person back in ICE custody after being evaluated for coronavirus at Sharp Chula Vista

Posted at 11:57 AM, Feb 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-14 21:27:16-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A person is back in ICE custody and in isolation after they were taken to Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center to be evaluated for possible coronavirus symptoms.

The individual was in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement when officials determined the person needed to be taken to Sharp Chula Vista, the county said.

The hospital then contacted the county's Public Health Department, which determined the person didn't need to be hospitalized and recommended self-isolation, according to the county.


Because the person was in ICE custody, the hospital returned the individual to the agency on Wednesday and the person was placed in isolation.

No further information was given on the individual or their status.

ICE sent 10News the following statement:

"At this time, no ICE detainee has tested positive for the 2019 novel coronavirus at the Otay Mesa Detention Center or any other ICE facility.

Out of the abundance of caution, ICE is taking all necessary precaution measures to ensure all ICE detainees are screened medically at their arrival to our facilities. Medical professionals at ICE detention facilities medically screen all new ICE detainees within 24 hours of their arrival to ensure that contagious diseases are not spread throughout the facility, and elsewhere. As an additional measure of defense, ICE detainees suspected of exposure or infection of certain diseases are medically 'cohorted,' in line with CDC guidelines and ICE detention standards."

Sharp officials confirmed to 10News that a person who was under investigation for possible coronavirus infection.

People who flew to MCAS Miramar from Wuhan, China last week have been under a 14-day federally mandated quarantine at the base to make sure they are not walking around freely and potentially putting the public at risk.

10News reached out to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about this case, but their main focus is the people quarantined at MCAS Miramar.