Federal officials say a medical screener at Los Angeles International Airport has tested positive for coronavirus.
The DHS contractor was performing CDC medical screenings at LAX airport, and became sick. They have now tested positive for COVID-19.
The patient first exhibited symptoms Saturday, February 29.
Their last shift at LAX was on February 21.
From NBC News:
The person last worked screening air travelers for illness on Feb. 21, the DHS said in a statement, which also said the medical professional had worn the proper protective gear while working. The internal email described the person as a "contract medical screener" for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The email also said "these screeners are predominantly assigned to the CDC in-transit lounge and a few support jetway screening on direct flights from China."
In its statement, the DHS said: "Late last night, DHS headquarters was alerted to a situation where one of our contracted medical professionals conducting screenings at LAX international airport had tested positive for COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. This individual is currently under self-quarantine at home with mild symptoms and under medical supervision. Their immediate family is also under home quarantine."
According to DHS, the individual began to exhibit cold-like symptoms on Saturday and visited a primary care doctor on Sunday and was tested for COVID-19, which came back positive on Tuesday. The individual's last shift at LAX was Feb. 21, more than a week before the appearance of symptoms. According to the internal email, the screener worked at LAX from Feb. 14 to 21 and became symptomatic on Feb. 29.
NBC News: A medical professional who conducted passenger screenings at LAX tested positive for the coronavirus late Tuesday night https://t.co/WhWni13w2l
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) March 4, 2020
— NBC Investigations (@NBCInvestigates) March 4, 2020
BREAKING: DHS says a CDC medical screener at LAX has tested positive for #coronavirus. Person had been screening travelers as recent as Feb 21st and was wearing protective gear. Now under self quarantine. I really picked a bad time to be flying out of LAX the next 3 wks. @FOXLA
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) March 4, 2020
Inbox: A @dhsgov contractor doing medical screenings at LAX airport has tested positive for the coronavirus. Started exhibiting symptoms on Saturday; last shift at LAX was Feb. 21
— Michelle Hackman (@MHackman) March 4, 2020