Plane of evacuees from China arrive in San Antonio

Fewer than a hundred people evacuated from China landed at the Joint Bases San Antonio-Lackland as a mandated quarantine Friday.

The group of men, women, and children were Americans located in the epicenter of the novel coronavirus.

More than 1000 Americans have been identified as living in the part of China where the outbreak was first detected and evacuations started late last month. About 300 people were placed on two separate planes, one landing in California and one landing in Texas.

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A number of evacuees who landed in San Antonio were transported to Nebraska.

People quarantined in San Antonio will be in a fenced-in area surrounding the Gateway Inn and the Gateway Villa. Federal marshals will be on-site to prevent anyone from getting in or out. Those based here will be quarantined for up to two weeks because of the anticipated incubation period of the virus.

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“What I can guarantee is that we are taking every measure that we know to ensure that this quarantine is carried out as safely as possible,” said Captain Jennifer McQuiston with the CDC. “We are applying very sound science to our methods. I really feel that what we are doing here is more than is needed to control the coronavirus and I feel very confident that the quarantine will go smoothly.” 

Anyone who has a fever of a 104 or signs of the coronavirus will be taken to a hospital not on base.