Second coronavirus patient under UC San Diego Health’s care discharged

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The second patient in San Diego County confirmed to have contracted the novel coronavirus was discharged from UC San Diego Health’s care Monday.

Another person who had been diagnosed with the respiratory illness was discharged from UC San Diego Health Feb. 19 after multiple tests came back with negative results and the person was cleared by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The last few weeks have presented numerous challenges,” said Patty Maysent, CEO of UC San Diego Health. “Our skills, strengths and stamina have been tested, and I am proud to say we met the challenges across the board, throughout our health care system and across our broader communities.”

Maysent said staff collaborated daily with San Diego County Public Health Services and the CDC.

“In all ways, at all times, their unified mission was — and remains – – to keep patients and the public-at-large informed, protected and safe. It is not possible to express the depth of my gratitude for their efforts, professionalism and sacrifice,” Maysent said.

After two weeks under quarantine for novel coronavirus, 63 people were released Feb. 20 from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. They were among 65 passengers who were flown into San Diego Feb. 7 after evacuating Wuhan, China — epicenter of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.

More than 200 people were quarantined at one time at the base, with 166 who initially arrived in San Diego Feb. 5 released last Tuesday.

The county Board of Supervisors last week unanimously reaffirmed and extended a local health emergency declaration in response to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. Despite the declaration, however, county officials stressed that the risk of contracting the virus locally remains extremely low.

Worldwide, there have been more than 80,000 reported cases of the disease, with more than 2,600 deaths. There have been 53 confirmed cases of the disease in the United States, including one each in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

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