Story at a glance

  • The patient arrived in the U.S. on a State Department-chartered flight on Feb. 7
  • The individual has been isolated and is receiving treatment at a hospital.
  • CDC officials said Wednesday the agency is preparing for the coronavirus to “take a foothold” in the U.S. and other countries.

The 15th case of the coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The CDC says the patient was among a group of people under a federal quarantine order at San Antonio’s Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. The patient was put under quarantine after arriving to the U.S. on a State Department-chartered flight on Feb. 7, the CDC said in a statement Thursday.

Health officials say the individual has been isolated and is receiving treatment at a nearby hospital. 

This is the first person under quarantine at the airbase among a group of people that arrived from China on that date who had symptoms and tested positive for the disease. 

CDC officials said Wednesday the agency is preparing for the coronavirus to “take a foothold” in the country, adding that there will likely be a community spread.

Published on Feb 13, 2020