The person arrived on a flight Wednesday from an unspecified location. It’s the second confirmed case of a person with the COVID-19 virus in Palm Beach County.
A person with coronavirus flew into Palm Beach International Airport aboard a commercial plane Wednesday night, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said early Thursday.
Health officials followed all guidelines “for a COVID-19 positive patient” in the 8:40 p.m. incident and spoke with all passengers who were aboard the flight, the agency said.
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Passengers who were near the person “were advised of monitoring procedures. Other passengers ”were released to go home“ and told to call the Florida Department of Health’s Palm Beach County office ”with any medical concerns.“
Details about the person were not immediately known, including whether he or she lives in South Florida or came to the area as a tourist.
Neither health nor fire-rescue officials provided details early Thursday on the carrier, the flight’s point of origin or the number of people who were aboard the plane.
PBIA’s daily schedule of flights list two landing between 8:30 and 9 p.m. daily. Both are from New York City, with one departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport and the other from LaGuardia Airport.
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PBIA crews late Wednesday were “sterilizing the limited containment area that the passengers were deplaned, which was a separate location from the main terminals of the airport,” Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said.
Health officials have counted more than 20 cases of coronavirus in Florida. Wednesday’s case was the second confirmed incident in Palm Beach County, following one authorities discussed Sunday night, although the state health department is not counting either person as a Palm Beach County case, at least not yet.
The person discussed Sunday night came to the county for an event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The Pennsylvania Department of Health notified the county that a person from Pennsylvania was at the Biogen pharmaceutical company’s booth at a Feb. 28 conference on multiple sclerosis, County Mayor Dave Kerner said. That person is believed to be in Pennsylvania now.
The announcement followed a day of activity surrounding the virus.
– The World Health Organization declared it to be a pandemic.
– President Trump announced limits on U.S. travel to parts of Europe that have seen outbreaks of coronavirus.
– The NBA placed its season on hiatus after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive.
– Hollywood performers Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson reported testing positive for COVID-19.
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