The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now screened more than 30,000 passengers from China at the 11 airports designated to conduct these enhanced screenings, according to Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
On a call with reporters Wednesday, Messonnier said that with the tighter travel restrictions now in place, there are now fewer passengers flying to the United States from China. Those who do are still being asked to self-monitor for 14 days in cooperation with state and local health department, and to limit their activities and stay home during that period. The goal is to be as restrictive as possible while maintaining protections among all Americans, Messonnier said.
The latest update from the CDC, issued within the last hour, indicated that 420 people have now been investigated for the novel coronavirus in 41 states. Of them, 13 have tested positive, 327 negative and 60 are still pending.
The vast majority of cases have been in mainland China.