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Hawai‘i Resident Quarantined at Pearl Harbor As Precautionary Measure

February 11, 2020, 7:46 AM HST
* Updated February 11, 8:08 AM
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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. PC: Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM. Content provider: CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS

The state placed a Hawaiʻi resident into quarantine at Pearl Harbor on Monday morning after learning that the individual traveled through the Hubei Province over the weekend.

Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, who spoke at a press conference on Monday said state health officials were aware of the situation within an hour and quarantined the individual based on policy and an “overabundance of caution.”

The action was taken per the mandate that the federal government has asked the state to adhere to, according to state officials.

“Any individual who has been in the Hubei Province within two weeks, is placed into a mandatory 14-day quarantine,” said Lt. Gov. Green, who noted that the person is healthy (asymptomatic) with no symptoms.

The individual will be monitored during the quarantine by the state Department of Health in coordination with personnel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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State health officials emphasized that there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the state.  The state is monitoring 26 individuals at home, all of whom traveled to parts of China recently.  None have symptoms and none have required testing, according to state officials.

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To date, there are 12 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the US.

For more on this story visit our Big Island Now sister site at the following direct link: First Person Sent to Coronavirus Quarantine in Hawai‘i

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