A airplane carrying about 210 U.S. residents evacuated from Wuhan, China—the epicenter of the lethal coronavirus—was diverted Tuesday to California’s March Air Reserve Base “for the logistics that they’ve,” an official mentioned.
The airplane was initially headed to Ontario Worldwide Airport in California.
Curt Hagman, the chairman of the San Bernandino County Board of Supervisors and a commissioner on the airport, mentioned on social media that the CDC had knowledgeable him of its determination to divert the flight.
“Ontario Worldwide is among the repatriation airports for the west coast and we’re at all times ready to obtain our residents overseas in occasions of emergencies,” Hagman mentioned in a video posted to his YouTube channel. “We had been ready however the state division determined to modify the flight to March Air Drive Base for logistics that they’ve.”
Hagman advised the Los Angeles Occasions that he was given no different particulars concerning the flight.
The plane had reportedly been chartered by the American authorities to fly out diplomats from the U.S. Consulate in Wuhan, in addition to different residents.
San Bernandino county was initially picked to function the repatriation level for roughly 240 U.S. residents arriving from Wuhan, officers mentioned.
“The Division of State has the lead for the secure and expedient ordered departure of US residents. The Division of Well being and Human Companies (HHS) and Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) are collaborating with the Division of State on the logistics of public well being evaluations for each traveler on the flight. HHS and CDC are working with companions to make sure that any traveler who develops signs throughout their journey receives acceptable medical care.”
The people on board the flight had been set to be screened earlier than take off, monitored throughout the flight by medical personnel and screened once more when the airplane landed at a fueling cease in Anchorage, AK.
“[The passengers would be] monitored on the final leg of the flight by medical personnel on board; evaluated upon arrival at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California; after which monitored for signs post-arrival,” the CDC added.
The U.S. State Division did not instantly reply to Fox Information’ request to touch upon why the choice was made.
Fox Information’ Edmund DeMarche and Nick Givas contributed to the report