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Two new coronavirus evacuees hospitalized since arriving in San Diego

Posted at 1:49 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-07 20:02:27-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Two more coronavirus evacuees who arrived at MCAS Miramar this week from China have been moved to local hospitals for observation.

An adult was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center and a child was taken to Rady Children's Hospital Friday after developing "a fever or a cough that warrants further evaluation." The two arrived in San Diego Wednesday from Wuhan, China.

The announcement came the same day that a father and daughter who were in isolation at Rady Children's Hospital tested negative for novel coronavirus.

Currently, the number of evacuees that have been brought to area hospitals for isolation is seven. CDC is awaiting test results for the five other patients.


Thursday, a second flight of evacuees from the coronavirus zone arrived at MCAS Miramar carrying 65 people. Those passengers join Wednesday's arrivals from China staying at the base under the 14-day quarantine order. The order begins the day they left China.

Health officials said Thursday none of the evacuees taken to area hospitals pose a risk to the public or hospital patients and staff.

"There's no risk to anyone coming to the hospital, the emergency rooms, anyone who gets hospitalized ... even if the patients test positive, which is unlikely," said John Bradley, medical director of infectious diseases at Rady Children’s Hospital. "They're only moving them because we have isolation and medical expertise and not because they're contagious or were worried that something bad would happen. Just a precaution."

After testing negative for coronavirus, Frank Wucinski and his 3-year-old daughter, Annabel, will return the MCAS Miramar to finish their quarantine period.

Afterward, they will presumably be able to return to Pennsylvania. They have started a GoFundMe to help pay for their trip back home as well as flight to get out of Wuhan, which Wucinski says cost $2,200 alone.

Wucinski's wife and father-in-law are still in China, where he says his father-in-law is currently infected with the virus and his wife was not able to join them because of her citizenship.