KXAN: Cruz, Cornyn want answers on San Antonio COVID-19 patient’s release

News|3.3.20

On Tuesday, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — asking for answers on why a person who had tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus was allowed to be released from isolation.

On Sunday, the CDC released the patient — who they said tested “weakly positive” for a COVID-19 reading — who had been quarantined at Lackland Air Force base after returning from Wuhan, China.

It’s believed that the patient exposed the virus to at least 21 people after she left the base — 18 at a hospital and three more at a hotel. She also went to the city’s North Star Mall.

In their letter, Cruz and Cornyn, both Texas Republicans, wrote:

“We understand that COVID-19 is a new virus and we are still learning about the cycle of infection and diagnostic criteria. However, we are deeply concerned that CDC would allow an individual who had tested positive to reenter the community and risk wider public exposure. To this end, we have questions on how this incident occurred and how it can be avoided in the future.”

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