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Plane from Wuhan, China carrying U.S. citizens arrives at MCAS Miramar

Posted at 11:33 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 21:16:11-05

6:13 p.m.: MCAS Miramar says four of the 167 passengers who arrived Wednesday on a flight from Wuhan, China, have been hospitalized for "further evaluation." The base did not say the passengers were exhibiting coronavirus symptoms, but said the four people had a fever or cough that warranted being taken to the hospital.

2:25 p.m.: Officials say roughly 170 passengers were on board the flight from Wuhan, China, that landed in Miramar Wednesday. The passengers were at high risk of exposure when evacuated and screened before takeoff, during flight, and after arrival. Anyone found to be showing symptoms of coronavirus will be transported to a nearby hospital.

The passengers will be kept in quarantine for 14 days from the time the plane left Wuhan. This is the first time in 50 years the CDC has issued a quarantine order of this magnitude, officials said.

9:40 a.m.: Ground crews assist passengers as they disembark. At least one bus is on hand to transport the passengers.

9:24a.m.: The plane, carrying an unknown number of passengers from Wuhan, China, touches down at MCAS Miramar.

9 a.m.: 10News learned CDC officials will screen passengers upon landing and provide an update on their health status at a 2 p.m. news conference.

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- MCAS Miramar officials said a plane from Wuhan, China will arrive on the base Wednesday morning.

The plane is carrying U.S. citizens that were stranded in Wuhan because of the coronavirus outbreak. Flight tracking website FlightAware showed the flight was expected to land at around 9:20 a.m.

Just before 5 a.m. Wednesday, two planes landed at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California. Passengers from one of the aircraft were to be quarantined at the base in Fairfield.

The other aircraft, headed to MCAS Miramar, refueled at the base. Approximately 350 passengers are traveling on the two flights combined.

Once the plane arrives at MCAS Miramar, the passengers will be quarantined for 14 days. During the quarantine, they will stay at the consolidated bachelor quarters on base, which is made up of 150 individual suites.

Military personnel will have no contact with the people in quarantine. The passengers will be cared for by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health and Human Services staff.

Officials haven't confirmed exactly how many passengers are on the flight headed to Miramar. The passengers will get food, water and medical care, if necessary.

All of the passengers on the flight were medically screened before traveling, and they are traveling with a medical team on board.