UC San Diego Health, a regional research hospital that specializes in deadly and infectious diseases, released four patients Sunday after the Center for Disease Control informed the hospital that the patients had tested negative for coronavirus. One of the patients, however, was returned to the hospital on Monday after the CDC performed further testing, and realized that the patient did, in fact, have the disease.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the four patients had been transported to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California, where they were previously held under federal quarantine along with over 200 Americans returning from China.
A spokesperson for the university told the Tribune that the patient who was prematurely discharged continued to follow protocols necessary to minimize the risk of infecting others, and had been transported back to the marine base under federal supervision.
“The patient left UC San Diego Health the same way they arrived, with all precautions taken. The patient was wearing a mask per CDC instruction. The federal marshals transported the patient while wearing protection,” the spokesperson told the news agency. . .
In the last 24 hours, the World Health Organization has created a moniker for Coronavirus, COVID-19. According to The New York Times, the organization says the name was created to avoid the stigma of identifying the disease with a particular location, animal, or group, while still keeping a pronounceable name. (Read more from “U.S. Hospital Discharges Patient ‘Cleared’ of Coronavirus, Tests Positive the Next Day” HERE)