February 5 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton and Amy Woodyatt, CNN

Updated 0228 GMT (1028 HKT) February 6, 2020
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3:06 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020

12th confirmed case of coronavirus in US

From CNN Health’s Jacqueline Howard

Alissa Eckert/Dan Higgins/CDC
Alissa Eckert/Dan Higgins/CDC

The 12th confirmed case of the Wuhan coronavirus in the US has been reported by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

There are now 12 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the US and the first confirmed case in Wisconsin.

Six cases have been confirmed in California, one in Massachusetts, one in Washington state, one in Arizona, two in Illinois and one in Wisconsin. There are two instances of person-to-person transmission, one in Illinois and one in California.

By the numbers: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed 293 people under investigation for the coronavirus in 36 states as of Feb. 5, according to an update posted to the agency's website today. Among them, 206 were negative and 76 are still pending. These numbers are cumulative since Jan. 21.

 

2:48 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020

All 11 US coronavirus patients are "doing well," CDC official says

From CNN Health’s Jacqueline Howard

Jessica McGowan/Getty Images
Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

All 11 patients diagnosed with the coronavirus in the United States are “doing well,” according to an official with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The 11 US patients, as far as I know, are all doing well,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. "The ones who were sicker have improved.”

The CDC plans to continue to monitor each patient's health.

2:17 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020

Charter flight carrying US citizens lands in Miramar

CNN
CNN

One of the two charter flights carrying US citizens out of China has landed in Southern California at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

This plane was one of the tandem charters that landed at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, early this morning.

Officials will hold press conferences regarding the evacuees later on Wednesday.

2:00 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020

US State Dept suspends Fulbright Program in China

From CNN's Jennifer Hansler.

The State Department has “temporarily suspended the U.S. Fulbright Program in China until further notice,” due to the coronavirus and the department's travel advisory for all of China, according to a State Department official. 

“The Department of State issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for all of China, urging Americans not to travel to China due to the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan. In response, the Department of State temporarily suspended the U.S. Fulbright Program in China until further notice,” the official told CNN.

Forty participants are affected and departing China, the official said. 

The State Department, describes the program as an "official educational exchange between the People’s Republic of China and the United States ‘to provide opportunities for cooperation and exchange in educational fields based on equality, reciprocity and mutual benefit.’” 

2:08 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020

CDC to distribute 400 test kits

From CNN Health’s Ben Tinker & Jamie Gumbrecht.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier speaks during a press conference in response to the coronavirus outbreak on January 28.
Dr. Nancy Messonnier speaks during a press conference in response to the coronavirus outbreak on January 28. Samuel Corum/Getty Images

The US's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will distribute 200 test kits for Wuhan coronavirus to domestic labs, and another 200 test kits to international labs.

Each test kit can perform 700-800 patient samples.

This will allow for enhanced capacity for testing by early next week, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters Wednesday.

Messonnier said she expected these kits will result in states announcing their own confirmed cases, rather than waiting for confirmation from the CDC.

Previously, the CDC was the only lab in the United States capable of testing for the novel coronavirus.

The diagnostic is authorized to be used for patients who meet CDC criteria for testing, and by qualified labs designated by the CDC or certified to perform high-complexity tests.

It’s known as a reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction test and can detect Wuhan coronavirus from nasal or oral swabs.

Negative results do not preclude infection with the virus, the FDA noted in a press release, adding that negative results must be combined with clinical observations, patient history and epidemiological information.

As of Wednesday, the CDC has listed 293 people under investigation for the novel coronavirus in 36 states.

Of those, 11 have tested positive, 206 negative and 76 are still pending. These numbers are cumulative since January 21.

Six cases have been confirmed in California, one in Massachusetts, one in Washington state, one in Arizona and two in Illinois. This includes two instances of known person-to-person transmission, one in Illinois and one in California.

1:39 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020

Passenger in New Jersey put under 14-day quarantine

From CNN's Mirna Alsharif.

A plane is towed to a gate at Newark Liberty International Airport on January 21.
A plane is towed to a gate at Newark Liberty International Airport on January 21. Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

An asymptomatic individual, who was in Hubei province on February 4 before traveling into the Newark Liberty International Airport, was issued a 14-day quarantine order by officials Tuesday, according to the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH).

The individual, who is not a New Jersey resident, was transported to a location in Essex County and will be monitored by the NJDOH for the next 14 days.

Health officials would not elaborate on the type of location.

“The risk of novel coronavirus transmission in New Jersey residents remains low,” the dept said in a release Wednesday.

1:06 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020

Child in California quarantine-hospital in good spirits

A child taken to hospital after developing a fever at California's March Air Reserve Base is in good spirits, Jose Arballo, Jr., from Riverside County Department of Public Health, said.

The child was in a group of nearly 200 Americans evacuated from Wuhan last week.

Officials took samples from the child and sent them to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for analysis. Results are expected soon.

If the results are negative, the child and accompanying parent will return to March Air Reserve Base.

Aside from the fever, the child has no other symptoms. 

This comes as two more charters from Wuhan arrived in California this morning. 

Read more about the evacuation here

1:05 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020

PGA Tour China moves tournament to Indonesia over coronavirus

From CNN's Wayne Sterling

 PGA Tour Series-China -- a China-based professional golf tour -- has moved its Global Qualifying Tournament from China to Indonesia due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the tour announced Tuesday.

 “We felt this change was the best course of action considering what’s happening in China right now,” said Greg Carlson, PGA TOUR Series-China Executive Director.

“The health and well-being of our players, staff, fans and all who are associated with PGA TOUR Series-China tournaments is of the utmost importance to us. We will continue to monitor what’s happening in China and how it might affect the start of our regular season.”

The tournament is set for February 25-28.

12:35 p.m. ET, February 5, 2020

What we know about the coronavirus

A medical worker hands over biomaterial collected from a suspected coronavirus patient to his colleagues for testing in Wuhan on Tuesday.
A medical worker hands over biomaterial collected from a suspected coronavirus patient to his colleagues for testing in Wuhan on Tuesday. Feature China/Barcroft Media/Getty Images

There's still a lot we don't know about the Wuhan coronavirus, and scientists around the world are racing to gather data and develop a treatment.

Here's what we can tell you so far:

  • Is there a cure? No -- but there are signs of progress. Thai doctors say they have successfully treated two patients with a combination of antiviral drugs.
  • What are the symptoms? Coronavirus symptoms can look like the flu -- fever, cough, trouble breathing. If you show these symptoms and recently went to China, or have been in contact with someone who visited, experts advise going to the doctor.
  • How does the virus spread? The virus is thought to spread from person to person through respiratory droplets emitted by coughing or sneezing. There's also a possibility the virus can exist in and spread through contaminated fecal matter. There's currently no evidence that the virus is airborne -- meaning, for instance, it doesn't travel across a large room.
  • Who is at risk of infection? People of all ages can be infected with the virus, but older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions are especially vulnerable to severe complications.
  • How can I protect myself? Take the same precautionary measures you would during flu season. Wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, avoid close contact with people or large gatherings, and wear a face mask.
  • Is it safe to travel? Airlines have suspended flights, and thousands of foreign citizens in the Chinese city of Wuhan have been evacuated back to their home countries. Many countries including the US have advised against travel to China.